With the sequel novel launching imminently, Mann has been talking up the chances of a movie sequel to Heat coming to fruition.

Michael Mann’s Heat is one of those films that continues to dominate cinema conversations, over 25 years since its release. Whenever film fans talk about best L.A. movies, the film is in the running. Best scenes with movie stars going toe-to-toe, it’s always in the conversation. Best heist movie? Well, it’s never far from the top.

As a film with a very strong critical reception, that hasn’t diluted at all in the quarter century since its release, fans of Heat will be pleased to hear that the film is getting both a prequel and a sequel of sorts, in the form of a novel, written by director Michael Mann. It’s something that’s been on the horizon for years, but is finally happening with the book releasing next month,.

Mann has revealed that the novel will flesh out the stories of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro’s respective cop and robber, as well as other characters from the film, acting as both a prequel and a sequel.

When first announcing the book around six months ago, Mann also hinted that the story of Heat might even be returning to screens in some capacity. Excitingly, that ambition still seems to be on the filmmaker’s mind, with Mann openly discussing the project as a film production. “It’s totally planned to be a movie,” he told Empire

Mann would go on to discuss why a return to the world of Heat is viable all these years later, stating “it’s sustained in culture. It’s known. I could delude myself into thinking that the whole world is familiar with it, but when you check out its prominence in home video for over 20 years, this thing really has legs. People are still watching it, people are still talking about it. It’s a brand. It’s kind of a Heat universe, in a way. And that certainly justifies a very large ambitious movie.”

Whether another Heat film actually happens is anybody’s guess, but the thought of it, with Mann at the helm is an exciting one indeed. We’ll let you know more as we hear it.

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