Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, aka Mank, is really not looking so good.
In the first full trailer for David Fincher’s latest project Mank, Gary Oldman as the titular Mank appears to be perpetually inebriated as he juggles his life and the lofty goal of trying to write perhaps the greatest movie of all time, Citizen Kane. Some of Mank’s internal conflict stems from the fact that he’s chummy with the movie’s subject, media magnate William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance). Mank mentions the parable of the organ grinder’s monkey, in which the monkey (himself) is more of a pet kept to bring in more money for the organ grinder (Hearst).
As seen in the teaser for Mank, this movie adopts the style of films from the 1930s and ’40s, the era in which Citizen Kane was created, to great effect. Director Fincher is best known for his psychological thrillers Seven, Fight Club, Gone Girl, and his Mark Zuckerberg-focused The Social Network. He seems to be taking cues from both the biographical nature of the latter and the intensity of the formers for Mank.
Mank hits Netflix on Dec. 4 after a limited run in theaters in November.
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