The prequel/sequel to one of the defining films of the 90's, and one of the greatest heist movies ever made, Michael Mann's Heat, may come to fruition in the near future.
The 1995 movie was known for its exquisitely crafted and stylish direction, and the casting of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as the leads, with it being the first time they had interacted on screen.
Michael Mann's book, Heat 2, is scheduled for release on August 9th, with the novel will delving further into the lives of the main characters from the 1996 movie.
As of yet, there are no concrete plans regarding a screen adaption of the new book, but Michael Mann stated in a recent interview with Empire magazine that he intends to bring it to cinema screens.
It's totally planned to be a movie. Is it a modest movie? No. Is it a very expensive [television] series? No. It's going to be one large movie."
It’s sustained in culture. It’s known. I could delude myself into thinking that the whole world is familiar with it, but when you check out its prominence in home vid for over 20 years, this thing really has legs. People are still watching it, people are still talking about it. It’s a brand. It’s kind of a Heat universe, in a way. And that certainly justifies a very large ambitious movie.
New Heat Movie?
Heat 2 coming soon pic.twitter.com/ipN4zZMJEe
— Michael Mann (@MichaelMann) August 2, 2022
Mann also spoke about the advantages of releasing the story in the form of a novel.
"The ability to which you can deep-dive into the internal world is fascinating, and you can do that best in a novel. I try to evoke that experience in the films I make, to locate the audience within the internal world of a character. The novel form allows me an even greater arena.”
According to goodreads, the book will detail the lives of Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino), Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Jon Voight), in the years leading up to the events of the movie, and will also go beyond those events and introduce new characters and heists.
The old cast will not be returning, for obvious reasons, but Al Pacino has earmarked Timothy Chamalet as a potential replacement to portray Vincent Hanna. However, this would be unlikely given that Chamalet is 26 and Pacino was in his mid-fifties during the filming of Heat, Michael Mann has also stated the actors would need to be six years younger than what they were in the original film.