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Comic-Con: Michael Mann’s Cyberthriller Movie Titled ‘Blackhat’, May Qualify For Oscar Run

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 1:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Comic-Con: Michael Mann’s Cyberthriller Movie Titled ‘Blackhat’, May Qualify For Oscar RunMichael Mann and Chris Hemsworth unveiled the first footage of Mann’s latest movie just now and revealed it is called Blackhat. The global cyberthriller will be released early next year, but it may qualify for the Oscars this year in what would be a strategy much like Lone Survivor this past awards season.

The trailer looks big scale and sensational — Mann at his best. Hemsworth plays computer hacker sprung from prison to take on a blackhat hacker.

This is Mann’s first Comic-Con.

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Michael Mann’s Cyber Crime Film For Legendary Starts Production

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:19pm PDT

Michael Mann‘s upcoming cyber-crime movie with Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Holt McCallany, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom has started production in China. Legendary Pictures is producing the untitled film, which is scheduled for release next year. Along with its title, the film’s plot is also unknown, but we know that Mann has been developing the cyber-theft and cyber-attacks story with Legendary for over a year.  He wrote the script with Morgan Davis Foehl. Mann, Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Alex Garcia serving as executive producer.

Related: ‘Smash’s’ Christian Borle Joins Michael Mann Cyber Thriller

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‘Smash’s Christian Borle Joins Michael Mann Cyber Thriller

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 9:32am PDT

Tony winner Christian Borle, who stars on NBC’s Smash, has been cast in Michael Mann‘s upcoming cyber crime movie that already has Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis and Holt McCallany aboard. Legendary Pictures is producing the pic, the plot of which is being kept quiet. The thriller is expected to begin shooting this month in China. Mann wrote the script with Morgan Davis Foehl. Borle, repped by CAA and Management 360, is a Broadway veteran and won the Tony in 2012 for playing Black Stache in Peter And The Starcatcher.

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Holt McCallany Boards Michael Mann’s Cyber Crime Pic

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 1:31pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE:  Lights Out star Holt McCallany has booked a lead role opposite Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis in the untitled Legendary Pictures movie being directed by Michael Mann that centers on cyber terrorism. The thriller is expected to begin shooting this month in China. The plot is being kept quiet, but McCallany will play a street-smart U.S. Marshal charged with the custody of Hemsworth’s character. McCallany played heavyweight champ Patrick “Lights Out” Leary on the FX series that lasted one season. That jump-started a string of feature roles including in Gangster Squad and Bullet To The Head. He is repped by APA and Mosaic.

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Michael Mann Taps Stuart Hazeldine For 15th Century Battle Of Agincourt Tale

By | Wednesday May 1, 2013 @ 5:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Hazeldine has been tapped to rewrite Agincourt, which Michael Mann will direct based on the Bernard Cornwell bestseller about an archer who comes of age under Henry V as the king prepares to lead his outnumbered English troops against the French in the Battle Of Agincourt. That epic battle was immortalized by Shakespeare’s Henry V. The protagonist is a young man with a death sentence on his head who is saved when his skills with the bow catch the attention of the king. The archer develops into a warrior and falls in love with a young woman whose virtue he saved from a lecherous priest. He becomes the portal to the bloody battle.

Anyone who has seen Mann’s Last Of The Mohicans can understand my Eddie Haskell-like effusion over the prospect of the director getting back to a major historical battlefield event (“Stay alive, no matter what occurs. I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”) Ok, I’ve regained my composure. Anyway, previous script drafts were done by Michael Hirst and Benjamin Ross, and the film is being developed and produced by Luc Roeg’s Independent and Mann’s Forward Pass. Hazeldine takes the job after scripting Gods And Kings, the Moses biopic at Warner Bros that Steven Spielberg circled. He also scripted the primary draft of Paradise LostRead More »

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Viola Davis In Talks To Star In Michael Mann’s Cyber Crime Pic

By | Friday April 19, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Viola Davis is in talks to play a starring role in the untitled Michael Mann-directed pic that will star Chris Hemsworth. Legendary Pictures is producing the pic, a thriller about cyber crime, which is set to begin shooting in China next month. Davis, repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment, just wrapped production on Prisoners and Ender’s Game, both set for fall releases. She is in talks to play an FBI agent in Mann’s film.

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Venice: Golden Lion Contenders At The Midway Point; ‘Master’ Dominates Critics

By | Monday September 3, 2012 @ 10:40am PDT

Some people are still parsing Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, but it’s emerging as a favorite among festgoers and the press here in Venice. Of 8 films that have officially screened, Anderson’s lush post-war relationship opus, set against the backdrop of a religion that resembles Scientology, has received the best score in a festival poll of over 20 critics. An industry exec told me they still felt “haunted” by it 24 hours after viewing. The Master debuts in Toronto on Friday and the Golden Lion awards here are on Saturday. So, should it prevail, it will be interesting to see if anyone from the film returns to the Lido.

Still, Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Faith, an absurdist look at religion, has its fans as do Russian infidelity story Betrayal by Kirill Serebrennikov and Israeli family drama Fill The Void by Rama Burshtein. Carlos director Olivier Assayas’ Something In The Air screened this morning for press and has so far generated encouraging, if not overwhelming, notices. And then there’s Terrence Malick’s To The Wonder, which polarized audiences and critics after its Sunday bow here.

A fest-circuit vet opines jury president Michael Mann is “very down to earth” and thinks he leans towards “mainstream” movies, “I can’t see him … Read More »

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Venice Preview: What’s On Deck At Season’s First International Festival

By | Wednesday August 29, 2012 @ 2:37am PDT

The 69th Venice Film Festival gets underway today as Alberto Barbera debuts his first selection effort since returning to run the show. Venice’s artistic director from 1998 to 2002, he stepped back in when Marco Muller was ousted late last year.

Venice’s position as the first international fall festival means it can have an impact on awards season. Last year, it thrust Michael Fassbender into the spotlight with the best actor Volpi Cup for Shame. (Fox Searchlight’s Shame pick-up was confirmed in Toronto, though the deal was all but signed in Venice.) Other recent films and talent to see their stock rise from a Venice bow include Brokeback Mountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Colin Firth (A Single Man). Then again, two years ago, Quentin Tarantino’s jury gave his ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola the Golden Lion for Somewhere, a film that was a non-factor in that year’s Oscar race. Michael Mann is jury president this year.

The MasterThe highest-profile pic on the premieres bill here this year is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, regarded as a thinly veiled reference to Scientology with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix which The Weinstein Company will release Sept. 14 in the U.S.

Films on deck without a domestic deal include Mira Nair’s opening night film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist with Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber, handled in North America by Hal Sadoff for the Doha Film Institute and Bart Walker of Cinetic; Terrence Malick’s love story To The Wonder with Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams which FilmNation is handling; and Brian De Palma’s Euro-produced Passion also with McAdams and Noomi Rapace. Read More »

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HBO Orders ‘Buda Bridge’ Pilot Script From ‘Bullhead’ Helmer Michael Roskam; Michael Mann And Mark Johnson Exec Produce

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 6:08pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Michael R. Roskam, who got a Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar nomination last year for his Belgian film Bullhead, is at the center of a new HBO pilot script order, one which teams him with Michael Mann and Breaking Bad executive producer Mark Johnson. HBO has ordered a pilot script for a drama titled Buda Bridge, a Belgian-set crime story that takes place in Brussels in the near future. It unfolds when a woman is found dead on Buda Bridge, which leads to a series of violent crimes and strange science that bring mayhem to the dark capital of the European state.

Roskam is writing the script and will direct the pilot. Mann, who teamed with David Milch for HBO on the horse racing series Luck (which got cancelled following its second season renewal when multiple horses perished) is executive producer along with Johnson, whose AMC hit Breaking Bad is heading into its fifth and final season. Roskam will be co-executive producer.

All of this series action comes out of the awards season activity on Roskam’s breakout film Bullhead, which got Roskam signed with UTA and which as different as anything that I’ve seen in quite awhile. The film focused on the cattle trade, and the illicit practice of injecting those animals with synthetic hormones to spur growth. That … Read More »

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Samantha Morton, Ari Folman, Laetitia Casta Among Venice Jury Members

The Venice Film Festival has announced the artists who will make up the competition jury under president Michael Mann for the 69th running of the event. They are: Serbian artist and performer Marina Abromovic, the recipient of a 1997 Golden Lion; French actress and model Laetitia Casta; Hong Kong producer and director Peter Ho-Sun Chan; Israeli director and screenwriter Ari Folman, whose Waltz With Bashir was nominated for an Oscar in 2008; Franco/Swiss helmer Ursula Meier, the winner of a Silver Bear in Berlin this year for Sister; British actress Samantha Morton, a two-time Oscar nominee, Argentine director and producer Pablo Trapero, whose White Elephant was an Un Certain Regard title at Cannes this year and two-time Cannes Grand Prix winner, Italy’s Matteo Garrone. The festival runs Aug 29-Sept 8.

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Michael Mann To Chair Jury At 69th Venice Film Festival

By | Friday June 1, 2012 @ 7:14am PDT
Mike Fleming

The American director, screenwriter and producer Michael Mann – a total filmmaker and one of the most influential and representative figures in contemporary American cinema – has been designated to chair the International Jury for the Competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), which will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes.

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HBO Picks Up Documentary Series ‘Witness’ From Michael Mann And David Frankham

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 11:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Filmmaker Michael Mann, already in business with HBO on the drama series Luck, is also behind a new limited documentary series ordered by the premium cable network. Witness, which will follow a new generation of young combat photographers into conflict zones in Mexico, Brazil, Uganda and Libya, is a collaboration between Mann and documentary director David Frankham. “David Frankham and I share an admiration for combat photography that captures the universal — and sometimes the indescribable — in a single frame in the midst of chaos and danger,” Mann said. The first episode of Witness was shot in Juarez, Mexico. The next three are currently in production.

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Michael Mann Entering ‘The Big Stone Grid’

By | Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Mann is in talks to develop to direct The Big Stone Grid, a cop thriller that Sony Pictures bought as a spec script last year by S. Craig Zahler. Michael De Luca, who’s on the Oscar circuit for Moneyball, is producing ths one. The script is a hard-edged thriller in the vein of Seven and Marathon Man, about two decorated detectives who uncover a terrifying extortion ring that operates within the secret underbelly of New York City. The plan is for Mann to do a pass with the scribe, but don’t be surprised if he relocates the action to L.A., where he made such crime sagas as Heat and Collateral. Mann is likely to next direct Go Like Hell, the duel between Ford vs. Ferrari for sports car supremacy in the 60s that he is developing at Fox. He’s also exec producing the HBO series Luck with David Milch. That series, which was renewed for a second season, is building into quite an interesting look at the world of horse racing at Santa Anita. Mann is repped by CAA.

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Dustin Hoffman, Michael Mann, Nick Nolte Share Their ‘Luck’ For HBO: TCA

By | Friday January 13, 2012 @ 3:16pm PST

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.

HBO’s new series Luck is about horse racing, but at today’s TCA panel, the sport in question was prize-fighting — whether reported friction between the strong personalities involved in the show led to ego clashes behind the scenes. The contenders: Stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, pilot executive producer/director Michael Mann and pilot executive producer/writer David Milch. All four acknowledged their reputations for being difficult, but insisted that peace reigns on Luck. Concerning rumors of contention on the pilot set, Mann said: “It’s ridiculous.” He explained, “There’s a time when any director wants the set to himself” and said a request to have non-participants step away at one point “got contorted into something else.” After the session, Mann said testily, “We’re not four difficult people. People who are insecure don’t have strong egos. We’re good at what we do, so we don’t have insecurity.” Read More »

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TV TEASER: New HBO Drama Series ‘Luck’

By | Sunday September 25, 2011 @ 10:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO over the weekend released a teaser trailer for its upcoming Michael Mann-David Milch horse racing drama series Luck, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. Luck is slated to premiere in January.

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Alexandra Milchan Rejoins New Regency As Executive Vice President

By | Friday September 16, 2011 @ 5:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

After Arnon Milchan reconstituted New Regency with a new $500 million credit line and plans to reemerge at the helm with former Paramount production president Brad Weston as CEO, Alexandra Milchan has returned to the company as executive vice president of production. She will report to Weston. She is the daughter of Milchan, who owns 80% of New Regency, and she spent 13 years there, rising from assistant to senior executive, before leaving to become a producer.

“Alexandra has great relationships and a real passion for movies, and we are thrilled to have her back at New Regency,” Weston said. “She will play a central role as we work to return Regency to its roots, producing bold, filmmaker-driven pictures with a singular vision which will entertain audiences around the world.”

During Milchan’s earlier Regency stint, she worked on such films as the Jon Amiel-directed Copycat, Michael Mann-directed Heat, the Joel Schumacher-directed A Time To Kill and Curtis Hanson-directed L.A. Confidential. She left to start Emjag Productions, producing such films as the David Ayer-directed Street Kings, the Alexandre Aja-directed Mirrors, and the upcoming Walter Hill-directed Bullet to the Head, with Sylvester Stallone. She also developed The Wolf of Wall Street, which Martin Scorsese will direct with Leonardo DiCaprio for Red Granite and Appian Way; the Aja-directed The Space Pirate at Lionsgate, and an untitled Taylor Lautner project at New Regency.

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Nick Nolte Joins ‘Gangster Squad’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Nolte continues his recent career resurgence. He’s been set to join the cast of the Ruben Fleischer-directed Warner Bros drama Gangster Squad. Nolte will play Bill Parker, the new chief of police in Los Angeles, and the first in a awhile who hasn’t been corrupted by Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). The chief, a Purple Heart recipient at Normandy, is the one who starts the Gangster Squad, a crack team designed to bring down organized crime. Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone, Mireille Enos and Anthony Mackie star.

Nolte stars in the Gavin O’Connor-directed Warrior, and he just wrapped the Taylor Hackford-directed action film Parker for FilmDistrict opposite Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez and Michael Chiklis. Nolte is about to begin work on the Robert Redford-directed The Company You Keep opposite Redford and Shia LaBeouf, and he also stars with Dustin Hoffman in the David Milch/Michael Mann HBO series Luck.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Texas Killing Fields’

Mike Fleming

A trailer has been released for Texas Killing Fields, the drama that is directed by Ami Canaan Mann and produced by Michael Mann. The gritty drama stars Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloe Moretz and Jessica Chastain. A New York and local detective team to investigate a series of murders.  Production design on the film was done by Aran Reo Mann, the director’s sister, who was also the production designer of Miranda July’s film You and Me and Everyone We Know. Texas Killing Fields will be released October 7 by Anchor Bay. The film will also be shown at the Venice Film Festival.

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Mimi Leder Tackles WWI Drama ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’

By | Tuesday July 26, 2011 @ 11:23am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mimi Leder has signed on to direct All Quiet on the Western Front, an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s WWI novel that was previously turned into the 1930 film that won a Best Picture Oscar and another for director Lewis Milestone. The novel is about the intense and terrifying action of 1918 trench warfare that traumatizes a young and idealistic German soldier on the Western front. The script is by Ian Stokell and Lesley Paterson. They will produce through their Sliding Down Rainbows Entertainment shingle. They have also come up with part of the funding, Leder told me.

Leder, whose feature credits include Deep Impact and The Peacemaker, just completed directing the season finale of Luck, the HBO series that stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, with Michael Mann and David Milch exec producing. She hadn’t read the novel or seen the original film when she was sent the WWI script by Stokell and Paterson, but was struck by how the themes of disillusion and loss of humanity during ferocious fighting hadn’t lost its relevance despite the period setting. Read More »

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