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Michael Mann Lines Up Cop Thriller ‘The Big Stone Grid’

Michael Mann Lines Up Cop Thriller 'The Big Stone Grid'

While it’s coming on three years since Michael Mann‘s last feature film, the divisive gangster pic “Public Enemies,” he hasn’t been sitting idle. His most recent endeavor has been the HBO horse racing drama “Luck” starring Dustin Hoffman, which was immediately renewed for a second season shortly after the first episode aired last month. But he’s been keeping his eye on the big screen, signing onto and circling a number of projects in the past year, and now another has come across his desk.

Deadline reports that Mann is in talks to develop to direct (man, that’s a lot of caveats right there) the cop thriller “The Big Stone Grid.” The spec script by S. Craig Zahler was picked up by Sony last year, and it’s tantalizingly described as a cross between “Seven” and “Marathon Man,” about two New York City cops who uncover an extortion ring. Mann will take a look at the project and take a pass at the script with Zahler and we imagine at that point he’ll decide if he wants to direct or not. And he’s certainly not without options.

Over the past twelve months he’s lined up the racing dramaGo Like Hell” for Fox, the historical epicAgincourt,” the prospecting picGold,” and he’s also got the gangster taleBig Tuna” and the biopicCapa” all brewing in the background. For now he’s busy with the second season of “Luck,” which begins production this month. Deadline says “Go Like Hell” is likely next, but we don’t care which one it is at this point, as long as something pulls together soon.

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Steven Franz

Sir Michael Mann i am a huge fan of yours. your movies are engrossing and brilliant masterpiece's which are even very informative as well specially THE INSIDER it's intelligent, dynamite compelling, riveting, deeply moving, shocking and a absorbing edge of your seat potent conspiracy corporate thriller which the people have called it the best whistle blower story ever told based on a true story it was powerful and griping from beginning to the end despite it's run time of 2 hours and 37 mins not once i looked at my watch. you have a huge influence on me. and your crime drama's are powerful and engrossing as well HEAT in my opinion is a epic crime saga which had an enormous impact on the film industry and it's considered the best crime heist thrillers ever made. the character development is stylish charismatic and sophisticated which is fascinating the dialogue is complexed matching the character's style and personalities the plot is huge and complexed the suspense is riveting and compelling and the story is flawless. just one word to describe HEAT outstanding.
THIEF is a philosophical crime thriller. Thief embues the crime story genre with fresh sophistication and style Not just the best film of [Michael Mann's] career, but one of the best American films of the whole of the 1980s. COLLATERAL is a first rate intense taut stylish crime thriller that shoots to thrill. Every bit as satisfying as a crime thriller should be, keeping us hanging at every turn. As the credits roll, we are out of breath. MIAMI VICE A highly satisfying piece of stylish pop entertainment. This somber action picture bravely defies expectations and gives us something wholly new Crime drama it's visually enthralling a relentlessly stylish crime drama one of his most accomplished and richest works to date. so my suggestion to you sir is you should develop the project of THE BIG STONE GRID underground crime thriller and satisfy us with an original and fresh story which will create history and impact like HEAT did. you are the most suitable director for the crime thriller genre because no director can make a crime thriller like you. you do justice to the crime thriller genre and we are expecting you to make this movie eagerly. we are all anticipating for this to be your next movie. Regards Steven Franz.


Sounds fun and all but a bit slight for Mann, I really hope he makes the Robert Capa flick.


New Michael Mann video interview – talks about his next films: a film set in China and Agincourt (21:55):

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