The legendary Oscar winner Al Pacino knows which actor he wants to see in a potential follow-up to Michael Mann’s epic 1995 crime-thriller, Heat.
Oscar-winning icon Al Pacino knows exactly who he wants to see take over as the star of a potential follow-up to his 1995 hit, Heat.
Per Variety, Pacino and his Heat co-star Robert DeNiro reunited at the Tribeca Festival to commemorate the 25th anniversary of writer/director Michael Mann’s epic crime-thriller. As Mann is currently writing a Heat follow-up novel alongside writer Meg Gardiner that will look at the lives of its lead characters before and after the events of the film, Pacino shared his dream casting of a certain Dune star to play the young version of his original role as Lt. Vincent Hanna. “Timothée Chalamet,” said Pacino. “I mean, he’s a wonderful actor. Great looks.”
Heat was loosely based on the real story of a career thief who was tracked down by the Chicago police in the early 1960s. Mann was captivated by the story and he was inspired to write a 180-page screenplay in 1979. But after ten years of rewrites and failing to secure a director, Mann repurposed the script into a 90-minute television pilot for NBC called L.A. Takedown. Though the pilot aired as a made-for-television special, it was not picked up for a full series due to the network’s unhappiness with the lead actors.
After coming off the successful run as showrunner of NBC’s Miami Vice and finding success on the big screen with 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, Mann revisited his original Heat screenplay and got Pacino and DeNiro to sign on to the roles of Lt. Hanna and Neil McCauley, respectively. While the two superstars appeared in 1974’s The Godfather: Part II without sharing screentime due to the double story structure, Heat would be the first time audiences would see them square off face to face on the big screen. The two actors would be joined by an all-star cast that included Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd and Natalie Portman, among others.
Heat became a massive critical and commercial success, grossing $187 million worldwide on a $60 million budget. Critics praised the strong performances of Pacino and DeNiro, and the film is widely remembered for the stars’ unforgettable diner conversation scene as well as the intense bank robbery shootout sequence in downtown Los Angeles. Mann went on to direct such critically-acclaimed films as The Insider, Ali, Collateral and the 2006 film adaptation of Miami Vice, which saw a television reboot in 2017. He is currently the showrunner of the crime drama series Tokyo Vice on HBO Max, which just scored a renewal for a second season.
Mann’s Heat follow-up novel is scheduled for release in August 2022. There is no official announcement for a film adaptation.
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