- Warner Bros is reportedly in negotiations to fund the development of ‘Heat 2,’ a sequel to Michael Mann’s crime classic.
- Adam Driver is said to be in discussions with Mann to play young Neil McCauley in the movie.
- ‘Heat 2’ is not a novelization of Mann’s film but rather a story that tells everything that happens before and after to the principal characters.
Warner Bros is reportedly in negotiations to develop a sequel to the 1995 crime classic ‘Heat,’ directed by Michael Mann. The news has been circulating for weeks, but it’s now official that the studio is in talks to fund the project.
Mann, who recently turned the story into a novel that became a No.1 New York Times bestseller, will write the screenplay alongside Meg Gardiner.
Insiders reveal that Adam Driver, who recently starred in Mann’s ‘Ferrari,’ is in discussions with the director to play the role of young Neil McCauley. The original film starred Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Val Kilmer, and was a solid hit. However, over the years, it has become a revered crime classic with a global following, and this development is sure to get fans excited.
‘Heat 2’ is not a novelization of Mann’s film, but rather a story that tells everything that happens before and after to the principal characters. The book jumps between two time periods, the first following Chris Shiherlis as he tries to evade the LAPD and Detective Vincent Hanna following the bank robbery gone bad and moves forward into new territory in the tri-border zone and Southeast Asia.
The second storyline takes readers back to Chicago in 1988 when McCauley, Shiherlis and their high-line crew are taking scores on the West Coast, the U.S.-Mexico border, and in Chicago.
The project is still in development, and no partner is involved as of yet. However, if and when the project moves forward, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency, which co-financed the first film, would be given an opportunity to co-finance the sequel.