Michael Mann directing Blackhat

The other day we learned director Michael Mann is working on a prequel to Heat, which shocked quite a few of the director’s fans. Under Mann’s new venture, Michael Mann Books, the prequel will begin as a novel, and possibly be adapted into a film or television series. Just two days after that announcement, another project from Michael Mann Books is in the works: author Don Winslow (Savages) is writing a novel about Chicago crime boss Tony Accardo and his successor Sam Giancana, which Mann might adapt into a feature film.

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‘Heat’ Prequel in Development From Michael Mann

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Director Michael Mann is working on a prequel to his classic 1995 crime thriller, Heat. The director of Collateral and The Last of the Mohicans has just closed a deal to launch Michael Mann Books, and he’s digging into his past work to find potential stories to tell. The Heat prequel, which will first be published as a novel, is apparently a major priority for Mann at the moment.

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Michael Mann directing Blackhat

It was almost exactly one year ago that Michael Mann‘s cybercrime thriller Blackhat hit theaters — though you’d be forgiven for failing to remember it existed at all. The film’s $8 million domestic gross suggests not many people saw it to begin with, and its 34% Rotten Tomatoes score indicates that those few who did see it didn’t much care for it.

But that was the original theatrical cut. There’s a new edit of Blackhat on its way into the theater this month. Specifically, the BAM Rose Cinema in Brooklyn, New York.  Read More »

Christian Bale Leaves Enzo Ferrari

If you’ve seen Christian Bale in films like The Machinist and American Hustle, then you know that the actor puts his whole body into any given performance. However, it appears the weight gain Bale was going to take on in order to star in Enzo Ferrari, a biopic about the titular race car driver and car maker from director Michael Mann, has caused the actor to drop out of the production. Find out more about Christian Bale leaving Enzo Ferrari after the jump. Read More »

The Revenant BTS with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Leonardo DiCaprio

Who better to host a Q & A for The Revenant than director Michael Mann? The filmmaker behind The Insider and Heat almost always relies more on action and images than exposition to tell his stories, and director Alejandro González Iñárritu did the same with his somber, internalized epic.

After the jump, watch Mann and Alejandro González Iñárritu discuss The Revenant after the jump.

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Michael Mann directing Blackhat

Michael Mann‘s long-gestating Enzo Ferrari biopic is finally approaching the starting line. Christian Bale signed on to play the Italian racer/entrepreneur a couple months back, and now Noomi Rapace has been set in the female lead role of Ferrari’s wife Laura Dominica. Additionally, Paramount Pictures is climbing on board to distribute. Get the latest on the Michael Mann Enzo Ferrari movie after the jump.  Read More »

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Stephen Gaghan (above, center) doesn’t direct as many movies as we’d like to see him make. The Academy Award-winning writer behind Traffic hasn’t directed a movie for the big screen since 2006’s Syriana. Gaghan is known for writing more adult material than your typical studio movie, and because of that, he probably struggles to get his movies made. Thankfully, the writer and director is back behind the camera again, with Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez headlining his newest picture. We now have our Gold first look. Behold the film’s bald and sweaty McConaughey after the jump.

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Christian Bale Ferrari

Michael Mann has found his Enzo Ferrari. Christian Bale has signed to play the driver and businessman who founded the Ferrari car manufacturer in 1929. It’s a subject Mann has come back to via a couple different projects over many years. This version is the Ferrari film that Mann recently seemed to set as his next production, and with Bale lined up to star the rest of the cast should fall into place pretty quick.  Read More »

Michael Mann Plans Enzo Ferrari Biopic as Next Film

Michael Mann directing Blackhat

Blackhat was not one of Michael Mann‘s best films. Indeed, by some accounts, it was among his worst. Thankfully, though, it seems he’s as eager as we are to move on to his next project. Mann is preparing to direct a biopic of Enzo Ferrari, based on Brock Yates‘ 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races.

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