"Heat" could be the latest classic film to get the prequel treatment 4 years ago

"Heat" could be the latest classic film to get the prequel treatment

Few modern films can match Heat in terms of filmmaking talent.

The 1995 heist film brought Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and director Michael Mann together for a three-hour crime epic, boasting incredible shootouts, tense action scenes, and a killer soundtrack.

Heat is nothing short of a masterpiece.

It also could be getting a prequel in the near future.

According to Deadline, Michael Mann has just signed a deal to start his own book imprint, Michael Mann Books, which aims to curate a series of books that can be fast-tracked for film and TV adaptations.

Top of the "to-do list" for the publisher? An origin story for Heat.


The novel will look to cover the rise of the heavy-hitters from Mann's film, including detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino), robber Neil McCauley (De Niro), and his accomplice Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer). Assuming the book is well received, a film adaptation would be a mere formality (Here's hoping Mann would be up for directing a sequel too).

With Heat turning 20 late last year, there's certainly a buzz around the world of Hanna vs. McCauley.

Heat itself is a remake of a 1989 made-for-television movie, LA Takedown, also directed by Michael Mann. So he certainly likes to re-visit previous work. And when you've made such classics as Heat, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

As a final note, may we also suggest Tom Hiddleston for one of the key roles? As you can see, he's a big Heat fan.