David Fincher was doing his press tour and shedding some light on what many believe to be his most ambitious, unique feature to date. And as Fincher explained to Variety, this also might be the project that has taken the most time to finally see the light of day, but thanks to Netflix, he finally was given the chance to direct Mank (2020). It's a project that Fincher has been working on since the early '90s and is based on a script written by his father Jack Fincher. And at one point, the film looked like it was going to be made in the '90s, but there was a major snag that put the film back in development hell. According to the report, the '90s version of Mank was set up at Polygram, and Fincher had already begun the process of casting. He was hoping to get Kevin Spacey to star as Herman J. Mankiewicz and with Jodie Foster on board as Marion Davies, the longtime mistress to William Randolph Hearst. (The roles would eventually go to Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried, respectively.) Unfortunately there were issues with Fincher's insistence on shooting in black-and-white that prevented the deal to film to ever get made. Fincher claims "Polygram got cold feet because of all kinds of truly stupid boilerplate stuff involving output deals in Central America. We would have had to have shot the film in color and then corrected it and do a black-and-white version. It completely fell apart." Now, more than 20 years later, Netflix is releasing Mank (2020) on its streaming platform and didn't balk at the notion of shooting in black-and-white or the price tag that is associated with a David Fincher film. But this comes at a major cost to many filmmakers-the theatrical experience. However, this isn't something that Fincher is necessarily worried about in 2020 - "Let's be real: The exhibition experience is not the shining link in the chain right now," Fincher states.
I've never been fired.
Herman Mankiewicz: I've never not been fired.
John Houseman: I don't get fired.
Herman Mankiewicz: It's not as unpleasant as you might imagine. You worry too much. What do you do for pleasure?
Marion Davies had a slight stammer when not in front of the cameras. That's not evident in this film.
The Netflix logos at the beginning and end are in full color, despite the film being in black and white.
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