Hollywood always had a soft spot for movies about filmmaking, awarding The Artist and Birdman with an Oscar for the best picture during the 2010s. This genre isn’t going anywhere, and it’s becoming even more popular, with several projects about the making of beloved classics in development these days.
The first film that comes to mind is David Fincher’s upcoming passion project Mank. It chronicles the creative battle that went on between Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles behind the scenes of Citizen Kane, often hailed as the best movie of all time.
This is not the only making-of film about a timeless classic coming our way. Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal are tapped to play Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Evans in Barry Levinson’s Francis and the Godfather. This project is expected to capture “the madness of production” that went into the making of the ‘70s classic The Godfather.
Last year has given us several movies about filmmaking—both real (Dolemite Is My Name) and fictional (Pain and Glory). Now, biopics about Elizabeth Taylor (A Special Relationship) and Marilyn Monroe (Blonde) are also on the way, and they’re joining Mank and Francis and the Godfather on the list of highly-anticipated projects about classic Hollywood.