Director David Fincher (“Zodiac”, “The Social Network” “Se7en”) has finished a new feature film that he says he started thinking about 30 years ago. "Mank", starring the famous superstar Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, Tom Burke and Tuppence Middleton.


It is his first film after years of retirement since he directed Gone Girl in 2016, and it will soon see the light in a limited number of cinemas, but its main destination is Netflix screens and then entering the next Oscar race.


“Mank” is the film acronym for the screenwriter who wrote the script for Orson Welles's first film, Citizen Kane. This film which, since its completion in 1941. It is still a concern of professionals and amateurs alike and which always comes on top of the list of the best films in the world. In fact, the recent Sight and Sound magazine’s survey placed him among some 300 critics around the world in second place (after Alfred Hitchcock's “Vertigo”) after the previous magazine’s statistics placed him first for several years.


- They want to steal my movie


The new movie (which Fincher chose to shoot in black and white), revolves around screenwriter Hermann Mankiewicz and how he built the dense material that Wells contained before filming. In other words, about the contribution that Mankiewicz made to lay the foundations for the work and thus his major role in the achievement of "Citizen Kane."


It is not known, and the film is yet to be seen, whether or not David Fincher will direct Welles's wonderful work to Mankiewicz. Welles (1915-1985) had complained a few years before his death that “they” wanted to steal “my most important films from me”.


This came as a reaction to the publication of the New York Times critic Pauline Kael (1919-2001), in which she asserted that had it not been for Hermann Mankiewicz and the script he wrote for Welles's acclaimed film, there would be no film to be celebrated.


Welles’s relationship with Hollywood has not been solid since “Citizen Kane,” in which Wells found himself battling Hollywood to allow him to achieve the film according to his style. After a great effort in this field, Hollywood left him alone and then ignored what he accomplished, and it was shown in galleries limited to seven American cities (including Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and New York). The film would almost pass by in the seventh art, had it not been received by critics since then.


“The other side of the wind" can be seen as Welles's reaction to Hollywood, which did not help him, after "Citizen Kane" only in the early days. There is an implicit criticism of it in that film and another that is inferred from Wells' insistence on making his film on his own terms, speaking, in the film, of a director who makes his film on his own terms as well.


We will not know if David Fincher's film will return "Citizen Kane" to screenwriter Mankiewicz, as Hollywood recently tried to do when it produced in 2012 "Hitchcock" directed by Sacha Gervasi. In it, she withdraws the aura of admiration from the old director in a film centered around his investigation "Psycho", suggesting that the real filmmaker is none other than his wife, Alma. But Fincher, whatever the case, will keep the debate high about one of the world's most important filmmakers, dead or alive.