Michael Mann Taps Four-Time Edgar Nominee Reed Farrel Coleman To Co-Write Prequel Novel To His Landmark Crime Film HEAT10:43 PM
Coleman has been called "a hard-boiled poet" by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the "noir poet laureate" by The Huffington Post.
This is the second major author to partner with Mann on a new publishing project. Last year, Mann partnered with #1 internationally bestselling crime novelist Don Winslow (The Cartel, The Force) on an ambitious novel about legendary organized crime bosses Tony Accardoand Sam Giancana and the collision that occurs in their relationship and the national repercussions that occurred from the fallout.
Mann has a non-fiction book near completion that he is keeping under wraps and is actively in discussion with novelists on additional projects.
Mann spent years writing the original screenplay for "Heat," drawing on an extraordinary amount of primary source research and personal knowledge research that will be used the prequel.
"Heat" celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year, and was the subject of a number of laudatory tributes and retrospectives, including one at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences moderated by Christopher Nolan. On May 9, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Director's Definitive Edition of "Heat," including an all-new restoration overseen by Mann, on Blu-ray and DVD.
The De Niro and Pacino characters were based on real-life individuals.
Coleman's critically acclaimed 2016 novel Where It Hurts is currently nominated for both an Edgar Award and a Barry Award for Best Novel of the Year.
Michael Mann Books and Coleman are both represented by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory. Mann is also represented by CAA, LBI and attorney Harold Brown.