Michael Mann's Agincourt Is Getting A Rewrite

Michael Mann is hard at work preparing to direct his next film, an untitled thriller about cyber crime, but while he prepares to roll cameras on that project he is still thinking about the future. One of his long in-development projects, the 15th century war story Agincourt, is getting some of the dust blown off of it.

According to Deadline, screenwriter Stuart Hazeldine has been hired to do a rewrite of the script for the upcoming film, which is based on the book by Bernard Cornwell. Set in the 15th century, the story follows an man who grows up under the rule of King Henry V, gets recognized as an incredibly skilled archer and goes to the Battle of Agincourt to fight for his country against the French. Hazeldine's only feature credit is the 2009 thriller Exam, which he also directed. This won't be the first time that Mann has made a period piece, having previously helmed The Last of the Mohicans, Ali and Public Enemies.

While Agincourt continues to get worked on, Mann will move forward with the aforementioned cyber-crime thriller, which is set to star Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis. Details about the plot are largely unavailable, but it's been reported that the movie, like Iron Man 3, will be filming some sequences in China and feature two Chinese stars in leading roles. Cameras will start to roll in June of this year, and while the film doesn't currently have a release date presumably it will be out some time in 2014.

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