On the cusp of his latest film, Mank, David Fincher has become the latest big name to sign an exclusive deal with Netflix. He joins creators such as Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and former Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss at the streaming giant, on a four year deal.
This makes complete sense, as Fincher was a key cog in turning Netflix into the media juggernaut they are today. If House Of Cards didn’t hit the ground running in 2013, who knows what the streamer would look like today. He’s also since helped develop Mindhunter and the animated anthology series Love, Death & Robots as well.
And of course, on Friday December 4, Fincher’s Mank will finally arrive on Netflix after a brief theatrical run. Since this deal is only for four years, it’s highly possible it might not actually include any film work, as Mank is Fincher’s first film since 2014’s Gone Girl.
So if there are those worried that one of the great directors is going to be stuck working on Netflix’s smaller screens with limited theatrical runs, that might turn out to be a moot point. In all likelihood this deal with encompass the development of more TV content that Fincher will dip his toe into creatively from time to time.
Here’s what Fincher told French magazine Premiere about the deal:
“Yes, I have an exclusivity deal for another four years. And depending on Mank‘s reception, I’ll either go see them sheepishly asking them what I can do to redeem myself or take the attitude of the arrogant asshole who’ll require making other films in black and white. [Laughs] No, I’m here to deliver them ‘content’ — whatever it means— likely to bring them spectators, in my small sphere of influence”.
As mentioned, Mank arrives on Netflix Friday, December 4. It’s Fincher’s first totally black-and-white film, and stars Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.