Michael Mann Books joins HarperCollins, Heat prequel confirmed

The veteran filmmaker is taking crime to the pages

Start clearing your nightstand of books, there’s a whole bunch of crime novels coming.

Back in March, we reported that Michael Mann launched Michael Mann Books to generate a series of fiction and nonfiction novels from a core group of authors. The impetus behind the company was that these books would be written while possibly being adapted for television and film. Well, it’s all officially happening now.

On Monday, HarperCollins won a multi-house auction to serve as the home base for Michael Mann Books and will distribute the titles worldwide. The first three books will surface over the next few years and include the previously reported prequel to Mann’s 1995 crime epic, Heat.

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First up, though, will be a collaboration with best-selling author Don Winslow (The Cartel). The two will expand upon a script written by Mann and Shane Salerno that zeroed in on the intricate relationship between Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana, two major organized crime bosses.

There’s no word on what the third book will entail, but color us impressed. No filmmaker captures a crime story better than Mann, so it’ll be intriguing to see if his talents carry over to the page, enough to share shelf space with the likes of Elmore Leonard or Carl Hiaasen.

In related news, Mann is still tinkering with that Ferrari biopic in the garage.


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