Add one more project to Michael Mann‘s bit stack of potential movies that could act as follow-up to Public Enemies. The director’s new HBO show Luck is on the air now (and seemingly struggling a bit to solidify a core audience) but Mann has been attached to a few different projects in the past year.

This new one is a Sony development called The Big Stone Grid, based on a spec script the studio bought last year from S. Craig Zahler. The story is a “hard-edged thriller” about a New York City extortion ring.

Update: Only a few hours after the announcement of The Big Stone Grid, we’ve got word on another possible Mann film, as well as an update on an older development project. Both are below.

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Michael Mann‘s list of possible new projects is extensive, but he seems to be winnowing it down to just two. Recently there was some confirmation that Michael Mann would indeed direct a film called Agincourt, based on the famous battle of the same name, as also depicted in Henry V. Independent, the company run by Luc Roeg (Nicolas Roeg’s son) is developing Agincourt, with Benjamin Ross rewriting the script turned in by Michael Hirst, and an eventual shoot planned in the UK and France.

It appears that Agincourt is still the most likely next film for Michael Mann, but now he is also signed to develop a script based on the book  Go Like Hell, with an eye to possibly direct. The book follows the Ford Motor Company’s efforts to reinvent itself, and the showdown with Ferrari at Le Mans in the mid ’60s. Much more detail on the project is after the break. 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 »

Tudors / Elizabeth Writer Aims at Agincourt


Medieval times are back again. Ridley Scott is shooting his Untitled Robin Hood film, Christopher Smith is looking back at Black Death, and now, according to Variety, the London-based Independent Film Co. has optioned Bernard Cornwell’s novel Agincourt, to be adapted by Tudors / Elizabeth / 1906 writer Michael Hirst. Agincourt is one of the more famous battles in European history, and could make for a hell of a film. What? You say it has already been filmed (at least) twice, in the two versions of Henry V? No reason not to do it again, right? Read More »