By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
As one of the most iconic directors of crime films ever, Michael Mann definitely has experience telling stories of greed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he may be setting foot in this territory once again, although from a slightly different angle this time around.
Mann has expressed interest in directing “Gold,” a spec script about prospectors searching for…well, you can probably guess.
Paul Haggis was formerly attached to the project, but had to divert his attentions elsewhere; he is still likely to serve as a co-producer along with Mann.
Michael Mann’s last feature film was “Public Enemies,” and while that movie certainly offered its fair share of entertaining gangster drama, it was generally thought of as a disappointment—we all wanted it to be as good as “Heat,” but that’s a lot to ask for.
While Mann has made few films as impressive as that particular L.A. crime epic, he’s still a consistent director who provides viewers with intriguing characters and engaging storylines. Sure, “Miami Vice” was a misstep, but pictures like “Collateral” prove that Mann is still capable of delivering high-tension thrillers that don’t sacrifice character depth in favor of plot. He may have reached his peak years ago, but he certainly hasn’t fallen very far; we’d love to see him take on a classic treasure hunt story. He may never make another classic, but he can still make quality entertainment, and these days, even that can be a rarity.