SOURCE: Cellflicks Inc.

Cellflicks Inc.

September 24, 2010 17:11 ET

Bio Picture "Mank" Goes Into Pre-Production

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2010) - Cellflicks Inc. is getting ready to start pre-production on the feature film "Mank" based on the book by famous biography writer Richard Meryman. Meryman is known for his books on show business greats such as Joan Rivers, Louis Armstrong, and Andrew Wyeth.

"Mank" is a dynamic and exciting bio picture about Herman Mankiewicz, the Academy-award winning co-writer of "Citizen Kane." Screenwriter Thomas Makowski has written the screenplay and is also attached to direct the picture. Lawrence Hughes Stern did additional writing on the project.

"Mank" focuses on the intense clashes with Orson Welles as they work together on the masterpiece -- and shows how Mank eventually uses "Kane" to get revenge against William Randolph Hearst for the murder of his director friend, Tommy Ince. We also watch Mank's terrible fall from grace and rapid decline due to his own personal demons.

One of the most sought after men of his times, Mank knew everyone who was famous or infamous. A member of the Algonquin Round table, he included among his friends William Randolph Hearst, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Greta Garbo, Orson Welles, F. Scott Fitzgerald, S.J. Perelman, Louis B. Mayer, George S. Kaufman, and the Marx Brothers, to name a few. Among the classic film scripts he wrote were "Dinner at Eight," "Girl Crazy," and "Pride of the Yankees."

Despite his huge success, he failed to achieve his one goal -- to become a renowned writer. And indeed, the more he was admired for his verbal wit, the more he gambled and drank. It is an irony of Herman Mankiewicz's life that his legend rests on the brilliant manner in which he achieved failure.

More than a biography film, "Mank" is the tragedy of a great talent destroyed by the pressures and temptations of post-World War I Berlin, the speakeasy era of 1920s New York, and the age of Hollywood moguls. It is an unerring portrait of the extravagant world of glamour, brilliance, and make-believe in which the talent of Herman Mankiewicz glittered.

"Mank" is a timeless portrait of the golden era of Hollywood. It is part love story, part comedy, part biography, part political commentary, part satire, part drama and finally part tragedy.

About Cellflicks Inc.
Cellflicks Inc. is a Los Angeles-based independent film Production Company. The company develops and produces made-for-TV movies and feature films. www.cellflicks.com.

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