FanS might remember Michael Mann best as a director, he was behind such classics as “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Collateral,” and “Public Enemies,” but the popular filmmaker is now looking to move into the publishing game.
In the past Mann has served as executive producer on projects that include “Miami Vice,” “Crime Story,” “Drug Wars” and “Luck;” but a new imprint will allow Mann to start at the source of all great adaptations.
The new imprint, called Michael Mann Books, will have a core group of major authors to collaborate on fiction and non-fiction books, these authors may share cover credit on certain properties. The literary properties will be simultaneously developed for film and television.
Existing film properties will also be explored, including a prequel novel to Mann’s seminal crime classic Heat featuring the characters portrayed by Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Val Kilmer and Jon Voight.
Mann has an exceptional history of adapting fiction and non-fiction works into iconic feature films, including The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Public Enemies and Manhunter. In television, Mann executive produced the Emmy award-winning NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story and the Emmy-nominated Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel from Desperados, the international non-fiction bestseller by Elaine Shannon.
In the late 80’s, Michael Mann wrote and directed the adaptation of Thomas Harris’ global bestseller Red Dragon. The film Manhunter featured the first screen appearance of Hannibal Lecter, opposite forensic investigator Will Graham, played by William Petersen, and the influential cult classic set the standard for countless film and television crime procedurals to follow.
In 1999, The Insider was adapted from a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including three for Mann as director, co-writer and co-producer.
In 2004, Mann developed and produced the Martin Scorsese-directed The Aviator starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film was written by John Logan from Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham and was nominated for eleven Academy Awards.
In 2009, Mann co-wrote, produced and directed Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, adapted from the New York Times bestseller Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-1934 by Bryan Burrough.
The films and television series that Michael Mann has directed, written and/or produced have been nominated for a combined 23 Academy Awards, 55 Emmys and 33 Golden Globes. The Michael Mann Books publishing venture will be represented by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory.