The first look at David Fincher‘s Mank is here, and it fully embraces the old-fashioned tone of the 1940s era in which it is set.
The big question, though, is if Fincher’s final film will actually employ the same literal homage (with a movie that looks and feels as if it’s been salvaged from deep within the studio vault) or is this teaser just kitschy-but-effective marketing?
Based on the real-life experience of Herman J. Mankiewicz, Mank tracks the screenwriter’s journey as he tries to overcome (or at least suppress) his alcoholic lifestyle long enough to write Orson Welles‘ 1941 “Greatest Film Ever Made” classic Citizen Kane in complete sobriety.
Netflix, the studio and distributor behind the black-and-white period Hollywood biopic, describes the film as “scathing social critique of 1930s Hollywood”; by the looks of the teaser, Fincher also wants it to be an aesthetic homage to how films used to be made, right down to shots that mirror iconic ones from Citizen Kane itself.
Academy Award winner Gary Oldman stars in the title role, alongside Lily Collins, Amanda Seyfried, and other character actors in key roles.
With a screenplay by Jack Fincher (David Fincher’s late father, who was obsessed with Mankiewicz and the making of Citizen Kane), Mank will open in select theaters this November before streaming worldwide on Netflix December 4, 2020.