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Michael Mann's 'Heat' Getting a Prequel Novel

I found this interesting. Big fan of Mann, Heat and Coleman.


http://deadline.com/2017/04/heat-pre...no-1202078228/

Michael Mann Sets Bestselling Author Reed Farrel Coleman To Co-Write ‘Heat’ Prequel Novel

EXCLUSIVE: After a long manhunt that involved months of interviews with substantial authors, Michael Mann has found his co-writer for the prequel novel to Mann’s landmark crime film Heat. Writing with Mann will be Reed Farrel Coleman, the four-time Edgar Award-nominated author who is up for the award tonight for his 2016 novel Where It Hurts, part of mystery series that revolves around the retired Suffolk County cop Gus Murphy. Coleman will collaborate with Mann to tell an origin story involving the characters that populated the Al Pacino-Robert De Niro-led ensemble drama that Mann scripted, directed and produced. The novel will be published next year under the Michael Mann imprint at William Morrow/HarperCollins.

What potential story lines were teased in the movie that could make for a compelling origin story chapters? They include how Robert De Niro’s Neil McCauley met his crew members played by Val Kilmer, Danny Trejo and Tom Sizemore as they bonded in Folsom Prison as McCauley was formulating his heist mentality that included being schooled by the mentor who told him do not have anything in your life that you can’t walk out on in 15 seconds. Some early cases involving Pacino’s detective character Vincent Hanna were also teased in the movie, such as when Nate (Jon Voight) told McCauley about his nemesis cop’s dogged nature, noting that he hunted Frankie Yonder in Chicago, before he built his own crime fighting crew. Most of those characters, including the wheelchair-bound Kelso (Tom Noonan) who provided the bank alarm schematics had history that was part of the mythology Mann developed with research based on the exploits of real characters on either side of the law. Mann’s detective pal Charlie Adamson hunted down the real McCauley and much of the drama is based on actual events, including the cop inviting the robber for the cup of coffee that informed the iconic face-to-face between De Niro and Pacino. Coleman will soon be immersing himself in Mann’s research files.

Mann was a fan of Coleman’s Gus Murphy novels, but the author also has hit the NYT bestseller lists three times since taking over the Jesse Stone mystery series after Robert B Parker passed away. Coleman becomes the second major author to partner with Mann on his new publishing imprint after Mann partnered with bestselling The Cartel author Don Winslow on a novel about the relationship between legendary organized crime boss Tony Accardo and his innovative protégé, Sam Giancana, and the explosive repercussions that ensued.

Mann separately has a non-fiction book near completion that he is keeping under wraps for now. Heat recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and on May 9 Fox releases the Director’s Definitive Edition of the movie on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Coleman, whose most recent novel What You Break was published in February, and Michael Mann Books are repped by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory. Mann is also represented by CAA, LBI and attorney Harold Brown.

Mann just separately teamed with producer Michael De Luca on an acquisition of the upcoming Mark Bowden Vietnam Tet Offensive book Hue 1968, which they’ll turn into an eight to 10-hour miniseries, with Mann planning to direct multiple episodes.
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You know what? If this is true, then...awesome!
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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Mann is ready to rip on Heat 2, a novel he has written with Edgar-winner Meg Gardiner that expands the tapestry of his 1995 crime classic film. The surprise here: the novel coming August 9 from William Morrow through the HarperCollins-based Michael Mann Books imprint will tell an original story about the lives of the characters in that movie both before and after the events depicted in the movie. (Watch the book’s trailer, accompanied by Moby’s ‘God Moving Over the Face of the Water,’ the famed final music that plays at the film’s end).

To those like myself who’ve watched the atmospheric Los Angeles-based heist thriller dozens of times, the prospect of its creator revisiting the terrain and characters is something to look forward to. To remind, the meticulously plotted mano a mano matchup between LAPD Homicide/Robbery lieutenant Vincent Hanna and master thief Neil McCauley became a seminal entry in the crime film canon. The film teamed for the first time Al Pacino and Robert De Niro at the peak of their careers, and personalized the lives of characters on both sides of the law. Mann held back on the interaction between Pacino and De Niro (they appeared in Godfather Part II but in different eras) until the famous coffee shop scene filmed at the now-closed Wilshire Boulevard eatery Kate Mantilini, that created an understanding between them and framed the inevitable showdown after a bank heist goes awry. Heat remains one of Warner Brothers top rentals, some 27 years after the film was released.

“It’s been my intention for a long time to do the further stories of Heat,” Mann told Deadline. “There was always a rich history or back-story about the events in these people’s lives before 1995 in Heat and projection of where their lives would take them after.”

The book represents the first novel from Michael Mann Books — which signed a multi-million dollar deal with HarperCollins imprint William Morrow — and it marks Mann’s debut as a novelist. The cat and mouse game between Hanna and McCauley was informed by real life ex-cop Chuck Adamson and his obsessive pursuit of the real Neil McCauley, a wily ex-con from Chicago who lived to take down big scores. Many of the events depicted in the film actually happened.

The novel Heat 2 starts one day after the events of the film, with a wounded Chris Shiherlis [played by Val Kilmer in Heat] desperate to escape LA. The story moves to both the six years preceding the heist and the years immediately following it, featuring new characters and new worlds of high-end professional crime, with highly cinematic action sequences. The venues range from the streets of L.A. to the inner sanctums of rival Taiwanese crime syndicates in a South American free trade zone, to a massive drug cartel money-laundering operation just over the border in Mexico, and eventually to Southeast Asia. Heat 2 explores the dangerous workings of international criminal organizations with full-blooded portraits of its male and female inhabitants.

A key is a deep dive into the life of Hanna, six years earlier, in Chicago and signature cases that honed his skills. It includes the failing of his earlier marriage, the effects of his Marine Corp service in Vietnam and conflicts within the Chicago PD where he discovers his life’s calling – the pursuit of armed and dangerous felons into the dark and wild places that would doom his marriage in Heat. In Chicago, that included the hunt for a particularly vicious crime crew.

The book also covers the lives –six years before the bank heist — of master thieves McCauley and Shiherlis, whose character becomes central in the post-1995 world of Heat, as well as Charlene (Ashley Judd), Nate (Jon Voight), Trejo (Danny Trejo) and the wheelchair-bound Kelso (Tom Noonan), who provided the bank alarm schematics to McCauley in the film.

“The bank job was not the first time Kelso worked with McCauley, and not the last time he will work with Chris,” Mann revealed.

“When I was writing the film, it was imperative for me to create complete life stories about all the characters and to know everything about them,” Mann said, “including Neil McCauley’s early institutionalized years when he lost track of his brother, before he parachuted into the streets, young, angry and dangerous. And, the novel shows a McCauley very much attached and the dramatic events that resulted in his dictum that “if you’re making moves on the street, have no attachments, allow nothing to be in your life that you cannot walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you spot the heat around the corner.”

Mann’s novel dramatizes how Hanna becomes a hunter of men, and how he became a cop who tells estranged wife Justine (Diane Venora) in the film, “All I am is who I’m going after.”

The novel also explores how Shiherlis grew up in Paramount, California with his teenage mother before she was institutionalized, and Charlene’s previous life as a high-priced call girl in Vegas.

Vincent Hanna and Neil McCauley never met before the events in Heat – but the novel intertwines their parallel trajectories, narrowly missing each other in Chicago years before. It also generates relationships they have in common with characters both in the past and the future of the novel that prove tragic. As in the film, the novel explores the intimate lives as well as the primacy of work among both the police and the criminals.

A number of scenes in Heat were based on actual events. “Many of the characters are based on thieves, detectives, and ex-cons I’ve met over the years,” Mann said, “including Chuck Adamson, who killed the actual Neil McCauley in 1963. His partner was Dennis Farina.”

Both of those men appeared in Mann’s first film Thief and worked with Mann on Miami Vice, Crime Story and Manhunter. When Adamson had a chance encounter with the flesh and blood McCauley in Chicago, “I didn’t know whether to arrest him, shoot him or invite him for coffee,” Adamson said. He chose the latter and the pair headed to the Belden Deli around the corner.

Mann approached the novel with the same precision and level of research he brings to his films. “My way of working with a project involves immersing into the culture of the subject and accumulating a lot of detailed first-hand impressions and information. I want to know and feel that culture and the lives of the people in it. Methods, attitudes, and family values. I like to navigate these environments and operate within them. There’s an authenticity discoverable there that I believe resonates with audiences as real and true.”

Mann’s immersion into the novel is comparable to the meticulous research he devoted to the Heat script, and prep that included three months of training, including firearms on the LA County Sheriff’s shooting ranges, for the actors playing both cops and criminals. Former SAS soldiers (Mick Gould and Andy McNab) helped Mann orchestrate the daylight firefight between Hanna’s LAPD and McCauley’s crew, and it is counted as one of the best action sequence in modern cinema.

Mann has gotten four Oscar noms over his career, and won two Emmys for work that ranges from Heat, Thief, The Insider, Collateral, The Last of the Mohicans, and Ali. He has also written or co-written the screenplays for those films, along with executive producing TV series that include the groundbreaking Miami Vice and Crime Story.

Heat has been an inspiration for many filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan who said it helped inform the dark vision of Gotham City in The Dark Knight trilogy. “One of the biggest epic films I have ever seen is Michael Mann’s Heat,” he said. “I always felt Heat to be a remarkable demonstration of how you can create a vast universe within one city and balance a very large number of characters and their emotional journeys in an effective manner.”

Michael Mann books is represented by Shane Salerno of The Story Factory who presented the idea of an imprint to Mann and brokered the deal with HarperCollins.
https://deadline.com/2022/01/heat-se...ro-1234914977/
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Re: Michael Mann's 'Heat' Getting a Prequel Novel

I'm interested. Cool enough pivot for Mann to get into writing novels and starting his own imprint since I'm guessing his film directing days are pretty much over after the disaster that was Blackhat.
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Re: Michael Mann's 'Heat' Getting a Prequel Novel

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I'm interested. Cool enough pivot for Mann to get into writing novels and starting his own imprint since I'm guessing his film directing days are pretty much over after the disaster that was Blackhat.
He’s directing the Pilot for Tokyo Vice on HBO Max, which is being filmed in Tokyo and could air this year. He has other projects listed in development. He’s not done as a director.

As for this book. I think it’s an interesting idea for him. He is a good writer.
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Sure I will buy that book!
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Re: Michael Mann's 'Heat' Getting a Prequel Novel

I preordered it from Amazon. Curious to see if there'll be a deluxe or signed edition of this at some point. If anyone hears anything, please share.
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The Mysterious Bookshop will have signed copies by Michael Mann.

https://www.mysteriousbookshop.com/p...reorder-signed
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The Mysterious Bookshop will have signed copies by Michael Mann.

https://www.mysteriousbookshop.com/p...reorder-signed
And purchased. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Geofferson
The Mysterious Bookshop will have signed copies by Michael Mann.

https://www.mysteriousbookshop.com/p...reorder-signed
Thanks, I grabbed one too.
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Looks like the signed copies are now sold out. Congrats to those of us that grabbed one.
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Is there a nonfiction book about the real-life characters who inspired the screenplay?
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Is there a nonfiction book about the real-life characters who inspired the screenplay?
Not that I'm aware of but it definitely deserves one. There have been several articles published this summer alone that dive into the real-life events in the 1960s that inspired the movie. Interesting stuff.
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No, Mann has always talked about them in his interviews and commentaries, but he's never done any kind of book about them. Heat 2 is Mann's first foray into book writing.
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Interview with Michael Mann from CBS talking about his book. He's in Italy prepping his new movie Ferrari. He talks a lot about Heat and what he hopes to do with the book.

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Did anyone get their signed copy yet? Mine hasn't come.
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Mine arrived yesterday. Nice bold (but silver) signature on the title page.
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Yeah forgot to update. Mine came Monday.
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I'm about a quarter of the book in and it's good so far. They did retcon Hannah's
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Finished this morning. Reposting my thoughts from the what are you reading thread:

Nice to be back in the world of Heat. Book is a good mix of prequel and sequel, and overall I really enjoyed my time with it. I felt the pacing was a little weird, slow in some spots, and a bit too fast in others, especially in the end. Despite that, if you like Heat, you'll find plenty to enjoy here.
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I finished this today and have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's generally well written and keeps you engaged. For the most part, the characters on the page feel true to how they were portrayed in the movie. With Hanna especially, I could almost hear Pacino's voice reading his lines. But I came away more disappointed than pleased.

First, a fairly minor gripe is the use of some language that wasn't really common in the vernacular in the 80's/90's, paired with the present tense use of verbs. Using present tense can make the reader feel like they're there, but if you're trying to make them feel like they're in the 80's/90's, you need to avoid language that didn't become widespread until the past decade. There were quite a few times I read a line and immediately thought, 'people didn't say that then.'

My bigger complaints are with the story and characters, so I'll spoiler them for those who intend to read it but haven't yet.

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The level of coincidences here are off the charts. The way McCauley's crew, Hanna, Wardell and Gabriela all intersect and converge came off as ludicrous. I'm surprised they had the restraint to not somehow tie the operations in Paraguay into the backstory.

Next, I get that McCauley and his crew were all sociopaths to some degree, but I've seen the movie quite a few times and always felt like they generally tried to limit their violence to people who, in their immoral logic, deserved it. Yes, if you got in their way and threatened their freedom, they would kill you without hesitation. But going into business supplying terrorists and terrorist states with tech? That felt pretty far beyond the characters both in the movie and even as they were portrayed in the book.

I also have a huge problem with Hanna murdering a suspect in his custody. It felt completely out of character, both as Pacino portrayed him and as he's written in the book. I don't if they came up with that to try to narrow the moral gap between Hanna and McCauley or what, but it was stupid and inauthentic.

Lastly, Wardell felt like a villain from a Jack Reacher book, not the fictional universe Heat is set in. He's cartoonishly over the top and pretty poorly written.


Also, Mann's a great filmmaker and I'll probably watch the adaptation of this if he films it, but I think it's almost certainly a huge mistake. The casting of the original is so incredibly effective and he'll have to replace all of them. The period of this is basically +/- 7 years from the movie. There's no way the original cast can do it, but it's set close enough to the original that if they want it to be a true sequel to the film, they'll basically have to get a whole new cast doing impersonations. I don't see it being effective.
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I finished this today and have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's generally well written and keeps you engaged. For the most part, the characters on the page feel true to how they were portrayed in the movie. With Hanna especially, I could almost hear Pacino's voice reading his lines. But I came away more disappointed than pleased.

First, a fairly minor gripe is the use of some language that wasn't really common in the vernacular in the 80's/90's, paired with the present tense use of verbs. Using present tense can make the reader feel like they're there, but if you're trying to make them feel like they're in the 80's/90's, you need to avoid language that didn't become widespread until the past decade. There were quite a few times I read a line and immediately thought, 'people didn't say that then.'

My bigger complaints are with the story and characters, so I'll spoiler them for those who intend to read it but haven't yet.

Spoiler:

The level of coincidences here are off the charts. The way McCauley's crew, Hanna, Wardell and Gabriela all intersect and converge came off as ludicrous. I'm surprised they had the restraint to not somehow tie the operations in Paraguay into the backstory.

Next, I get that McCauley and his crew were all sociopaths to some degree, but I've seen the movie quite a few times and always felt like they generally tried to limit their violence to people who, in their immoral logic, deserved it. Yes, if you got in their way and threatened their freedom, they would kill you without hesitation. But going into business supplying terrorists and terrorist states with tech? That felt pretty far beyond the characters both in the movie and even as they were portrayed in the book.

I also have a huge problem with Hanna murdering a suspect in his custody. It felt completely out of character, both as Pacino portrayed him and as he's written in the book. I don't if they came up with that to try to narrow the moral gap between Hanna and McCauley or what, but it was stupid and inauthentic.

Lastly, Wardell felt like a villain from a Jack Reacher book, not the fictional universe Heat is set in. He's cartoonishly over the top and pretty poorly written.




Also, Mann's a great filmmaker and I'll probably watch the adaptation of this if he films it, but I think it's almost certainly a huge mistake. The casting of the original is so incredibly effective and he'll have to replace all of them. The period of this is basically +/- 7 years from the movie. There's no way the original cast can do it, but it's set close enough to the original that if they want it to be a true sequel to the film, they'll basically have to get a whole new cast doing impersonations. I don't see it being effective.
On some of your thoughts:

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The coincindences near the end bugged me too. How the heck does Gabriela even end up in LA if they are trying to keep her hidden. That being said it works on a "dramatic" level. And it sort of corrosponds with a part in the film, where Neil saves Chris in the shootout. Here, Chris saves Neil's surrogate daughter. So I liked that symetry despite whatever other reservations I had.
Yeah, I didn't really buy that aspect (selling tech to terrorists) of the novel. That seemed to be a thing that the new character Anna would do as opposed to Chris. And he seemed to be a bit too quick to give up on Charlene to me. I could go either way on Vincent pushing Alex off the building. But he did fuck up that girl Jessica, pretty badly. I think it may be consistent with his character.
Yeah, Otis was annoying and should have been killed earlier in the movie. He wasn't multi layered at all and was just kinda there to provide a foil for the characters. There's no nuance to him.



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