Michael Mann may run behind Guillermo Del Toro in the race for ‘most possible projects’ but at this point I think he’s neck and neck with Lee Daniels for second place. The filmmaker has a number of potential new films in the works in addition to his HBO show Luck: Agincourt, which takes place at the famous battle of the same name, Chicago mobster movie Big Tuna, and, possibly, a new film version of For Whom the Bell Tolls.

And then there’s Capa, based on the life of war photographer Robert Capa, in particular the short romance he shared with Gerda Taro, also a photographer. Now it seems like Gemma Arterton is set for the latter role, with Andrew Garfield a possible actor to play Mr. Capa. Read More »

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Michael Mann is working on the HBO series Luck, but he still has quite a few feature irons in the fire. There’s Agincourt, based on Bernard Cromwell’s novel about a man who becomes and archer under Henry V and fights in the Battle of Agincourt. He’s got a possible biopic of war photographer Robert Capa as well, though we haven’t heard any movement on that in a while.

Another project that was recently discussed as a possible next feature for Michael Mann is Big Tuna, which is a gangster picture about Chicago mobsters Tony “Big Tuna” Accardo and Sam Giancana. And now Up in the Air screenwriter Sheldon Turner has been hired to script it. Read More »

No matter which film director Michael Mann decides to do next, we, the audience, are the winners because each sounds magnificent. Since releasing Public Enemies, Mann has been working on the upcoming HBO series Luck with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte but, once he’s done with that, he’ll most likely pick between directing a gangster movie or a period epic.

The gangster film, called Big Tuna, is about elderly Chicago mobster Tony Accardo and his young successor Sam Giancana while the epic, Agincourt, is about a fugitive whose archery skills catapult him into romance and war during the time of Henry V. Read more about all three projects after the break. Read More »

Lost Epilogue

Entertainment Weekly has out first (or last?) glimpse of the 12-minute Lost epilogue “The New Man in Charge” that will be included on the Series Finale DVD/Blu-ray set. Actor Michael Emerson reveals that “Ben is going around to Dharma installations and closing some down. There are some good surprises.” And yes, ”it does answer questions.’”

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Briefly: Well, if I wasn’t already excited about Luck, the show set in the world of California horse racing that is being assembled by David Milch and Michael Mann, I would be now. We already knew that Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina were in the cast, but now there is word that Nick Nolte will join them. Seriously: Nick Nolte on a show created by Milch and Mann? Yes, and thank you.

Deadline Hollywood has the news, and while Mike Fleming there says the deal isn’t done, he spins it as if there isn’t any chance of a breakdown at this point. He also idly mentions that Michael Mann will direct the pilot for the HBO show.

Nolte has done television before, but not in some time, and I think that working with these two probably stands in a different category from anything he’s done for the tube in the past.

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Is HBO back? The answer seems to be “oh, my, yes!” In the past few months the once-dominant dramatic voice of cable has put new shows in development with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, Jonathan Demme, David Fincher and more. (Like that Spielberg guy, whose Band of Brothers follow-up The Pacific looks insane.) If there was ever going to be a second  coming for HBO, this looks like it.

And now Michael Mann and David Milch are moving forward with Luck, a show about the world of horse racing. Dustin Hoffman is now toplining the cast. Can you imagine what Mann and Milch might coax (or bully, more like) out of Hoffman? I can, and I can’t wait to see it. Read More »

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Losers) will star alongside Sam Worthington in The Fields (formerly titled Texas Killing Fields), to be directed by Michael Mann‘s daughter Ami Canaan Mann from a screenplay by Donald F. Ferrarone. Morgan will play a detective “transplanted from New York.”

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Terminator Salvation

Last year we reported that Danny Boyle’s abandoned project The Texas Killing Fields had got a new lease on life and a couple of attached stars: Sam Worthington and Bradley Cooper. While Cooper’s relationship to the film is currently uncertain, multiple sources are now confirming Worthington’s involvement. Michael Mann will produce the film for his daughter Ami Mann to direct. And it has undergone a title change, too. The film will now go by the shorter but much less descriptive title The Fields. Read More »

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