Auteur Michael Mann has given moviegoers a throng of classics: Manhunter, Collateral, Ali, and chief among them, Heat. The latter is back in the cultural discussion as Deadline is reporting that a prequel to Mann’s 1995 crime thriller Heat is now in the works.
Heat starred Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, two men on the opposite sides of the law who have only one face to face encounter in a restaurant, and the scene is considered part of one of the greatest in film history. For the prequel book, Mann will also explore the formative years of Val Kilmer and Jon Voight’s characters, and if the book is anything like Heat, then we’re in for a special literary treat.
This is not to say that the book will never be developed for film at some point. It’s just speculation, but Deadline also reports that Mann’s literary projects — which are being produced by a stable of writers — will “simultaneously be developed for film and television.” Apparently, the books will draw from Mann’s stable of film works, but it also seems like it could work the other way around, with books eventually turning into film projects. We’ll just have to wait and see.