Historical epics, crime thriller, even some trippy horror, but one genre Michael Mann has yet to tackle is sci-fi. The director of Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans, and the studio butchered The Keep has now confirmed that he’s about to change that, and tackle something in the genre.
Variety released the latest installment of their Directors on Directors series. In it, Mann was quizzed by fellow filmmaker Ava DuVernay. DuVernay lists Mann as one of her main inspirations to start to get into directing, She was a film publicist Collateral and got to see Mann work up close, which set her on a path.
Mann was talking about his upcoming Ferrari biopic, and said he has been trying to make it for more than twenty years. DuVernay asked if that was the longest time he has ever had a project gestating for?
Mann responded that he has one other thing in his backlog that has been in development for just as long:
“I actually have a science-fiction [project]…”
As he left that hanging in the air, DuVernay persisted:
“So, the clock is still ticking on that one?”
He responded affirmatively. Heat 2 is expected to be Mann’s next feature, once Ferrari lands on Christmas Day in cinemas. He has also been developing a project about the Battle of Wai in 1968 during the Vietnamese war.
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