As currently working American directors of action cinema go, you can‘t do a whole lot better than Michael Mann. And in Mann’s filmography, you can‘t do a whole lot better than Heat. His 1995 magnum opus is a gem of committed masculine performance, from the robbers’ finely tailored robbin’ suits to the concluding note of man-to-man camaraderie. And in between the hyper-masc displays of honor and strength, Mann stages some of the most technically accomplished set pieces of his career, all but putting the audience’s nerves through a paper shredder. Heat will get a re-release later this year with a full director’s cut (though the changes will be mostly limited to image processing), but today brings the news that another Mann film is taking on a second life.
Now that Hugh Jackman has hung up his adamantium claws, the Logan actor is setting his sights on another project, and one that might finally allow him to eat some carbs. After eating nothing but air and grass for 17 years to stay buff as Wolverine (just kidding, he probably ate chicken and broccoli or something slightly more appetizing), Jackman is now in talks to play Enzio Ferrari in Michael Mann‘s upcoming biopic.
Michael Mann has always been a skilled translator of prose to the screen, having adapted such literary standards as The Last of the Mohicans, Manhunter, and Collateral for moviegoers too cool to be bothered to crack open a book, because reading is for nerds...
Christian Bale has become something of a pro when it comes to transforming his body for movie roles, which makes his decision to exit Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari biopic due to “health concerns” somewhat shocking. When you can’t get Bale, of all people, to reshape his body for your film, perhaps you’re asking just a little too much. Or maybe “flabby” is one body shape Christian Bale just can’t get down with, aesthetically.