Michael Mann Mulling Over Two Projects For His Next Feature

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Though his last two projects didn't blow critics and audiences away to the degree of his previous films, it's nearly impossible to discount Michael Mann. After all, he is still the director of Heat, The Insider and The Last of the Mohicans. So when Mann talks about possible future projects, people's ears perk up and now is no different.

Speaking with the Financial Times about his new HBO series Luck, the director dropped two ideas that may become his next film. The first is called Big Tuna, a mafia story based in Chicago about Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana. Speaking about the potential film, Mann said "Here’s an older man who was the undisputed boss at a time when the Chicago outfit was the most powerful crime element in America. It becomes a classic tragedy of megalomania and hubris." The other possible story would be a project called Agincourt, a film set in 15th century Europe that builds up to the Battle of Agincourt between England and France. According to Mann, he was inspired by the project after seeing a gothic chapel called La Sainte-Chapelle while in Paris.

Considering that he just directed Public Enemies, I would personally love to see him tackle Agincourt before going after Big Tuna. While I'm sure that there's a story to be told, medieval Europe would be new territory for the filmmaker to explore and Mann has never been one to be shoved into a box. That said, seeing "Directed by Michael Mann" is pretty much all I need to buy a ticket.

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