Michael Mann is widely known for his career as a director, but you’ll be surprised to know that he will be making a debut as an author with the literary follow up of Heat.
The second installment of the remarkable crime film will be a book written by Mann and his co-writer Meg Gardiner. Heat 2 is set to mark its release on August 9 and fans will soon be able to flock to stores to catch a copy for themselves.
The Release of Heat 2
In a recent interview, Mann revealed how he always envisioned writing more about the cynical Los Angeles described in his crime film. The novel will cover events from the crime film by indulging the reader in what partook before and how the story continues after its conclusion in the film.
How Will the Novel Connect With the Film?
The heat ended with the killing of the movie’s nemesis Neil McCauley by Vincent Hanna.
Mann went on to say that he always intended to produce more work linked to heat because there was still a lot of content that needed to be created as the story of the people in Heat is linked to their lives in the past and what will become of them in the future.
Robert De Niro and Al Pacino integrated their acting expertise in the film to make it an acclaimed success. Both the actors were in their prime time as a celebrity and the deliberate suspense that starts building around the two actors coming face to face in the film is what makes it such an irresistibly incredible watch.
The two finally come across each other in a restaurant which makes up for the most-awaited scene in the history of modern cinema. Truly iconic!
Michael Mann will be returning with a literary rendition of the film in his book series that will expand the complex series of events. The first of which is titled Heat 2. As we discussed before, the book will delve deeper into the worlds of the lead protagonists and uncover all the missed links between the events that unfold.
What Will Heat 2 Be Focusing on?
Mann will be describing the events from a day after the death of McCauley where Lieutenant Vincent Hanna’s crew member Chris Shiherlis is escaping Los Angeles. Mann will explore the past of Vincent in the book by taking the reader six years back from the events of the heist that transpired.
His journey as an officer will be revealed as he perfects his skillset. The crime film was inspired by true events and Lieutenant Vincen Hanna’s character is inspired by Chuck Adamson who was a P.D. detective in Chicago.
Most of the incidents in the film are inspired by real-life occurrences. The novel will venture into Hanna’s life-giving viewers an insight into his first marriage which was unfortunately unsuccessful and also highlight key members of his crew.
The book prices towards the relationship between law enforcers and lawbreakers and how their journey is intertwined. An example of this is the famous dialogue in which Hanna describes to his former wife how he is who he is after.
Mann’s Dedication for the Novel
When Mann was creating the script he realized that thorough background information of the characters was imperative and he conferred the same strategy for his book.
He completed his meticulous research for the book as he describes his tendency to get fully immersed in his subject and learn the behavior and culture of people. He believes this results in the most authentic work and sits well with the audience who can relate to the intricacies.
He put in immense work to perfect the masterminds McCauley and Shiherlis, from marking key points in the character’s life that shaped their personalities to knowing every tiny detail that was responsible for their current behavior.
The book hints that the two characters were fated to meet one another and it intertwines the journey of Hanna and McCauley as they are led on a cat and mouse chase.
Other Inspired Work
The noir crime film was a remake of L. A touchdown inspired Christophar Nolan to create the Dark Knight. Christopher was so fascinated by Heat that he says that the film is a living example of how perfectly characters and their journeys should be managed.
The film transforms Los Angeles into a vast universe where the characters come to life in the most authentic way. Mann has taken a career jump with this new initiative as he works alongside his current projects as a producer and director.