Discussion about a sequel to Michael Mann’s crime classic Heat has been going on for years, long before the recent sequel novelization was published. But now that the book is out and has been well-received by readers, talk about turning Heat 2 into a movie has definitely reached a boiling point.
Speaking at a recent Deadline event, Mann confirmed that Heat 2 is the next film he plans to shoot, once the SAG-AFTRA strikes over.
“Yes. Meg Gardiner and myself wrote the novel Heat 2, which came out right when we were shooting Ferrari. It did very well. I plan to shoot that next.”
This follows on reports from last April that Mann had his sights set on reuniting with his Ferrari star Adam Driver on Heat 2. Mann addressed the idea of a reunion, as well…
“Perhaps. We don’t talk about that yet. Let me put it this way: Adam and I got along like a house on fire [on Ferrari]. We have the same work ethic – which is pretty intense. We like each other, and we had a great time working together artistically.”
The crime story takes place across two time periods, acting as a prequel and sequel to the 1995 film with young versions of the characters played by Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, and Val Kilmer. In the first period, Chris Shiherlis tries to escape the LAPD after the robbery gone wrong, making his way to Southern Asia. The other time period is in 1988 Chicago, as McCauley and Shiherlis and their crew nearly encounter Detective Hannah as he pursues a violent gang of home invaders.