Filmmaker Michael Mann is getting into the book business – in a big way. On Monday, HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the home base of Michael Mann Books, the publishing imprint founded by the Oscar-nominated writer, director and producer earlier this year. The multi-million dollar deal will see HarperCollins securing exclusive worldwide rights to multiple books, starting with three books to be published over the next several years. Through his imprint, Mann will develop features based on the books as well.
The first book in the new deal will be a collaboration between Mann and best-selling author of The Cartel, Don Winslow. The novel will examine the complex relationship between two Organized Crime giants, Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana, based on a script Mann co-wrote with Shane Salerno. Mann’s second project will be a prequel to his 1995 crime opus, Heat. No word yet on the third project, but its clear that Mann is sticking to what he knows – crime thrillers grounded in true-to-life, complex characters, stories and worlds.
In addition to his new literary venture, Mann is still tinkering away at his biopic of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, despite years of setbacks, including the recent departure of Christian Bale in the lead. His other feature projects include Night and Day at 20th Century Fox and The Inside Man at Disney.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor