According to director Michael Mann, who directed the 1995 classic starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Val Kilmer, HEAT 2 is in the works. Michael Mann wrote and directed his epic crime drama Heat nearly 30 years ago. Conflict arose between Al Pacino’s LAPD detective Lieutenant Vincent Hanna and Robert De Niro’s thief Neil McCauley in this film. Heat 2 will soon be published as a novel co-written by Mann and Meg Gardiner. The story is both a sequel and a prequel, and the director appears to have revealed that a film adaptation is currently in development. Fans are convinced it will be a live-action film, unless he is merely referring to the publication date of the book on August 9th.
The 79-year-old actor tweeted a few images from the original film with the message “Heat 2 is coming soon.” Presumably, the project will proceed. It will be based on his new novel, which spans the years 1988 and 2000. In an interview with Empire last month, Mann expressed his desire to make the film a reality. The director stated, “It was always intended to be a film. Is it a modest movie? No. Is this a very costly series? No. It will be one lengthy film.” In addition, he acknowledged that DeNiro and Kilmer wouldn’t be able to reprise their roles because they’d need to look the same as they did in 1988, but he believes that Heat has “persisted in culture” to remain relevant.
He continued: “It is known. I could fool myself into believing that everyone is familiar with it, but when I consider its prominence in home video for more than 20 years, I realize that this concept has staying power. People continue to watch it, and people continue to discuss it. This is a brand. In a sense, it resembles the universe of Heat. And that justifies a very large and ambitious film.” “One day after the conclusion of Heat, Chris Shiherlis (Val Kilmer) is holed up in Koreatown, wounded, half-delirious, and desperately attempting to flee Los Angeles. Vincent Hanna, an LAPD detective, is on his trail (Al Pacino).
Hours earlier, Hanna killed Neil McCauley (De Niro), Shiherlis’s brother-in-arms, in a gunfight under the strobe lights at the end of a LAX runway. Now Hanna is determined to capture or eliminate Shiherlis, the lone survivor of McCauley’s crew, before he leaves the city as a ghost. Seven years earlier, in 1988, McCauley, Shiherlis, and their highline crew are committing crimes on the West Coast, the US-Mexico border, and now in Chicago. They are accumulating wealth and leading exciting lives due to their determination and audacity. And unreconciled with his past, Chicago homicide detective Vincent Hanna is following his calling, the pursuit of armed and dangerous men into the dark and wild places, hunting an ultraviolent home invasion gang.”
It continues: “Meanwhile, the fallout from McCauley’s scores and Hanna’s pursuit have unanticipated consequences in a parallel narrative that unfolds in the years after Heat. From the inner sanctums of rival crime syndicates in a South American free-trade zone to transnational criminal enterprises in Southeast Asia, Heat 2 transports its dimensional and richly portrayed characters to entirely new worlds. The novel immerses the reader intimately in these lives. In the universe of Michael Mann’s Heat, they will face new adversaries in lethal circumstances that transcend all boundaries. Heat 2 is captivating, moving, and tragic; it is a crime fiction masterpiece with the same extraordinary ambitions, scope, and rich characters as the epic film.