Thursday, October 25, 2007
ADD ANOTHER TO THE PILE FOR MICHAEL MANN
Michael Mann is set to reteam with Robert De Niro (they made the masterpiece HEAT together) on a new crime film called FRANKIE MACHINE. It's based on the a novel by Don Winslow about an aging hitman who has to come out of bait-shop retirement when he realizes someone has placed a hit on him. At one point, Marty Scorsese was set to direct this film with De Niro, but Scorsese moved on to other projects. I'd like to think that Mann is a more than adequate replacement. Screenwriter Alex Tse (WATCHMEN) is rewriting the original script, which was penned by the duo behind ROUNDERS and OCEANS 13, Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Mann, who last directed the amazing MIAMI VICE, just set up a movie at Sony called EMPIRE, a John Logan (GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR) scripted drama that will star Will Smith.