Filmmaker Michael Mann has revealed he is planning to turn his upcoming “Heat 2” novel into a film.
Releasing next month, the book serves as both an immediate sequel and a prequel taking place seven years prior to his acclaimed 1995 crime thriller feature which starred Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer.
Speaking with Empire, Mann says he sees the project as one large film:
“It’s totally planned to be a movie… Is it a modest movie? No. Is it a very expensive series? No. It’s going to be one large movie.”
Part of the reason for that is the film has sustained relevance in the pop culture landscape in a way even his other films haven’t:
“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.”
The original “Heat” pulled in $187 million at the global box office against a reported $60 million budget along with becoming a staple of the heist genre. A 4K Ultra HD disc release is coming later this year
Mann’s long-gestating “Ferrari” movie is up first with that expected to film this year. “Heat 2” the novel will hit bookstores on August 9th.