Michael Mann Set to Direct Chris Hemsworth in New Cyber Thriller

February 14, 2013
Source: Variety

Chris Hemsworth

Say what you will about Michael Mann, but the man has a vision and he's committed to it. His famous digital photography that worked so well in Collateral didn't fit the aesthetic of his period piece Public Enemies, and though he directed the pilot of the failed HBO series "Luck" since then, the filmmaker hasn't helmed a feature in four years. Now he's climbing back on the proverbial horse, as Variety reports that Mann will direct a new untitled cyber thriller with Thor star Chris Hemsworth in the lead. Legendary Pictures is behind the film which Mann also co-wrote the film with Morgan Davis Foehl (Mass Effect).

Details are scarce this early on in the process, but Variety says the story "takes place in a world of cyber threats and attacks," so there are plenty of directions this could go. Mann has always delivered action movies grounded in reality, so we're hoping this project keeps the same realistic feel as the aforementioned Collateral and Heat, which is a true classic of the crime genre. Maybe it's because technology is constantly evolving, but a lot of cyber thrillers feel dated by the time they hit theaters (have you seen The Net lately?) and a lot of movies use shortcuts to get their points across but alienate tech-savvy viewers in the process. A cyber thriller presented with the director's sleek style is enticing, so hopefully he can pull it off.

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I'm down for anything by the Mann

Thomas Carroll on Feb 14, 2013


Mann is a great director, he can do everything!

avi on Feb 14, 2013


Did I miss people complaining about the "digital" style of Public Enemies? I wasn't wowed by the movie, but I don't recall having any objections to the look or style.

Dave Melges on Feb 25, 2013


I wonder when Mann will remake Thief? Long overdue, but then again, the original still holds up well.

Phillip on Feb 27, 2013

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