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Michael Mann’s ‘Heat 2′ to Shoot in October or November

According to this Production Weekly, Michael Mann’s “Heat 2” is scheduled to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2024, likely in October or November.

In a recent interview with Radio France, Mann confirmed that he is currently in pre-production for “Heat 2” and expressed that, judging by the stack of papers on his desk, the film would “definitely” be his next project. Although Mann has several other projects in development, such as a remake of the Korean crime-thriller “Veteran,” “Heat 2” is his immediate focus.

Last year, Mann revealed to Variety’s Clayton Davis that the plan was to start shooting “Heat 2” in 2024. He mentioned that the script is both a prequel and a sequel to the original film. So, whether fans are ready for it or not, the sequel is definitely on its way.

This update follows the lukewarm reception of Mann’s “Ferrari,” which struggled at the box office, grossing only $44 million worldwide and receiving minimal awards attention. Despite this, “Ferrari” was still praised for its sumptuous cinematography and thrilling moments.

Regarding the sequel, Mann explained that it will utilize a combination of CGI and makeup, and that neither Robert De Niro nor Al Pacino will reprise their roles as McCauley and Hanna. The story will begin in 1988 and jump to 2000, exploring events both before and after the original film. As Mann continues to write the screenplay, Warner Bros. remains supportive and patient.

Adam Driver is expected to take on the role of Neil McCauley, originally played by De Niro. Other actors rumored to have been offered roles include Austin Butler and Ana de Armas. “Heat 2” is an adaptation of Mann’s own published novel, which became a New York Times #1 best-seller in August 2022. It promises to expand on the “Heat” saga, utilizing flashbacks similar to “The Godfather Part II,” and focusing primarily on Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer).