After more than 25 years: Original director plans sequel to cult action film “Heat”

With “Heat 2” Michael Mann publishes the sequel to his cult film as reading material. And the filmmaker plans to film the novel as well, as he reveals.

27 years after its release, Heat is still the pinnacle of Heist film. Because it is much more than that: the heart of director Michael Mann’s classic is the psychological duel between two driven people who have more in common than they divide. Yet Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) are on opposite sides of the law. They are not hunter and prey, however, but rather two predators circling each other, waiting for one to blink.

Mann was never better than here, “Heat” is his absolute masterpiece. It’s significant that the film still ranks high on lists today for heart-pounding suspense, be it in the heist genre or action-packed. In addition to Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, who interacted together in front of the camera for the first time and not just appeared in a joint film (“The Godfather 2”), the supporting actors* such as Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight also shone , Ashley Judd, Wes Studi, Ted Levine and Diane Venora who have rarely been better. “Heat” is absolute cult – undisputed.

Given the success that “Heat” had with critics and audiences (worldwide gross of around 187 million US dollars), it’s a little surprising that “Heat 2” was never worked on. In 2016 Mann finally announced what fans had been wanting for a long time – albeit purely in book form. In addition, “Heat 2” should be both a prequel and a sequel in one. The novel takes place six years before the fateful duel between Hanna and McCauley in 1989 and seven years after the events in Los Angeles in 2002.

“Heat 2” will be released on August 23, 2022 as a novel that you can pre-order via Amazon

Those who would rather have gone to an air-conditioned cinema to enjoy “Heat 2” on the big screen can still hope: In conversation with Empire Mann confirmed that he plans to make his co-authored novel with Meg Gardiner into a movie:

“It’s absolutely planned as a movie… Will it be a modest movie? no Will it be a very expensive series? no It’s going to be a big movie.”

“Heat” was almost epic – especially in terms of running time with around 170 minutes. Due to the temporal structure, “Heat 2” would even be predestined for a two-parter, each with an overlength. The 79-year-old would be capable of that. So fingers crossed that Warner Bros. gives the green light. Legacy sequels are all the rage right now. And the filmmaker is confident because “people are still talking about it.” However, fans will probably have to do without the stars of the Heist film. Things are very different with the stars from our video, who were back in an old role after a long time.

“Showdown in LA”: Heat in TV format

What some film fans may not know to this day, “Heat” was a kind of remake, if you will: Michael Mann wrote the screenplay back in 1979. Originally he didn’t even want to film it himself, instead offering it to Walter Hill (“Nur 48 Hours”), who declined. When Mann was supposed to be responsible for a TV series for the US broadcaster NBC in the late 1980s, he shortened his 180-page screenplay and shot the pilot film “Showdown in LA”.

The fact that NBC then canceled the series can certainly be seen as a stroke of luck. So years later Mann had the opportunity to shoot “Heat”. “Showdown in LA” served as a kind of practical test for today’s cult film. Completists should see this film, even if it doesn’t live up to the remake.

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