Citizen Kane. It has been highly credited with being one of the greatest films in cinema history. It was the crowning achievement for Director and Star Orson Welles and brought an Oscar for himself and Herman J. Mankiewicz for best original screenplay. Their volatile relationship will be featured in a Black and White film by David Fincher. The screenplay was written by his late father, Howard Fincher.
Making this film has been a dream project for Fincher who had tried previously to make the movie along with Kevin Spacey. That was when Spacey was the star in Fincher’s House of Cards and before Spacey’s issues came to light. Their fallout for the film was the director’s insistence that it be filmed in B&W, just as Citizen Kane was. For this go around, he has brought in Oscar winning actor Gary Oldman to play the titular character. Besides his work on Citizen Kane, Mankiewicz also worked on other classic films. These include The Wizard of Oz, Man of the World, Dinner at Eight, Pride of the Yankees and The Pride of St. Louis.
At this time, the film is on schedule for a November shoot in Los Angeles. Ceán Chaffin will produce the picture along side Douglas J. Urbanski, Oldman’s partner who was Oscar nominated for producing Darkest Hour. This was the film that Oldman won his Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.
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