We’re now at four years since Michael Mann‘s last film, the cops ‘n gangsters tale “Public Enemies,” but the director seems to be getting close to making his next movie. Back in February it was revealed he was teaming with Chris Hemsworth for an untitled thriller “set in the world of cyber threats and attacks.” Not many other details were shared other than Mann was co-writing the script as well, with Morgan Davis Foehl, who is currently penning the videogame adaptation “Mass Effect.” But a few more bits and pieces have been revealed.
Reports out of Asian media have revealed that Mann is currently scouting locations in Hong Kong, and has been meeting with notable talent for roles including Tang Wei (“Lust, Caution“), Nick Cheung Ka-fai (“Election“) and Shawn Yue Man-lok (“Infernal Affairs,” “I Come With The Rain“). And while specifics are still being kept under wraps, we have learned the story will involve a Balkan hacker operating out of a South Asian country, with an American and Chinese task force in pursuit.
Intriguing stuff, and even more intriguing that it’s set up at Legendary Pictures (home of stuff like “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Man Of Steel” and “Pacific Rim“), which suggests a different kind of movie from Mann than we’ve seen in the past. Things seem to be coming to together, and the plan is to try and get production on the movie rolling this summer, and hopefully we’ll know more soon.