Michael Mann Lined Up to Direct Police Thriller 'The Big Stone Grid'
As of late, director Michael Mann has been busy with the HBO series "Luck." In addition to directing the pilot, the Public Enemies helmer also executive produces the gambling drama. However, going on three years away from films, it looks like Mann is ready to get back in the feature director's chair. Deadline has word that Mann is currently in talks with Sony Pictures to direct The Big Stone Grid, an original police thriller that is described to be in the same vein as Se7en and Marathon Man. The story follows two decorated detectives who uncover an extortion ring operating within the secret underbelly of The Big Apple.
Honestly, it sounds like the perfect project for Mann who has directed such stellar films as Heat and The Insider. While his last brush with contemporary lawmen resulted in the disappointing Miami Vice, without a TV series foundation to hold him down, he should have free reign to make something great. Deadline speculates that Mann might change the location to Los Angeles which could shake up the script a bit, but likely won't change any of writer S. Craig Zahler's major characters, themes, etc. However, The Big Stone Grid sounds like a more apt description for NYC than Los Angeles if that's what the title is indeed referring to. Before this project takes off though, Mann is still expected to direct Go Like Hell, the 60's set Ford vs. Ferrari racing rivalry film we learned about last summer.