After Michael Mann's collaboration with author Meg Gardiner on the director's novelized sequel/prequel to his 1995 heist thriller Heat, rumors have swirled about a follow-up film. When Al Pacino, who plays the dogged Lieutenant Vincent Hanna in the film, announced at Tribeca that he'd want to see Timothee Chalamet portray his younger self in the novel, it was confirmed on July 30, the writer and director himself said that Heat 2 is not only an intention
Heat 2 is almost three decades old, although it isn't quite as delayed as a nearly-forty-year gap sequel like Top Gun: Maverick. "There was always a rich history or backstory about the events in these people's lives before 1995 in Heat," according to a Deadline interview. The HarperCollins novel, which is scheduled to be released on August 9, is an ambitious span of Heat's past and future, taking the time to research the core of what made these two noir characters
Mann spoke about the film and novel that would be released next year:
When I was researching the script, it was crucial for me to know all of the characters' lives and identities, including Neil McCauley's early institutionalized years when he lost track of his brother, before he parachuted into the streets, young, angry, and dangerous. The novel also depicts a McCauley very attached, and the dramatic events that resulted in his dictum that if you make moves on the street, you will not be able to walk out on in thirty seconds flat if you
Heat was the first film to involve the two Hollywood kingpins neck and neck with one another in 1995, only after the director painfully constructed just enough tension to reach a perfect boiling point. Both protagonists were driven by their own greatness, and in the end, they had to be each other's downfall. In Mann's sequel, we will examine what metals and fire forged the men who ultimately became, and what collateral left as a result.
Mann is dedicated to preserving an unquestionable authenticity in his films. He draws from real-life, as in the real-life criminal master Neil McCauley, and even attributes Hanna's "restless ambition" to Mann's own existential examination in an interview with The New York Times. The director strives to keep his films as grounded in reality as he can while still preserving cinematic moments.
Mann says the end of Heat will make fans feel "both ironic and complete." The sequel to Heat will return to the world he has been exploring since the late 1970s, with a conclusion he believes will be "both ironic and complete."