After directing such classics as The Last of the Mohicans, The Insider and Heat, Michael Mann has been in somewhat of a funk as of late, with 2006′s Miami Vice and 2009′s Public Enemies being tepidly received both critically and box office-wise. The director is looking to get back into form by adding the cop thriller The Big Stone Grind to his rapidly growing slate of projects. Deadline reports that he is now in negotiations to helm the movie for Sony Pictures.
S. Craig Zahler’s screenplay is said to be a mix of Seven and Marathon Man and revolves around two New York City detectives uncovering an extortion ring. Michael De Luca (Moneyball) will produce and Mann will likely rewrite the script to his liking, possibly relocating the premise to Los Angeles.
Don’t expect this project to get underway right away as Mann has the racing drama Go Like Hell for Fox, scheduled to start shooting next. The movie will depict the 1960s struggle between Ford and Ferrari when an American car won the famous Le Mans race for the first time in history. The filmmaker also previously lined up the historical epic Agincourt, the prospecting drama Gold, the gangster pic Big Tuna and the biopic Capa on his ever-growing slate of projects. He is currently acting as executive producer on HBO’s Luck which was recently renewed for a second season.