Heat fans have already been sated with the announcement of Heat 2 back in 2023. Now, director Michael Mann says he’ll be reuniting with celluloid for its filming. Mann created quite the chatter in 2004, when he shot Collateral on digital cameras. He was one of the first ones to ever do so, breaking the then norms of filmmaking.
Mann was attending a retrospective on himself at American Cinematheque. In an answer to a question, he said, “My next film is going to be Heat 2. And I’m considering shooting that on film.” The famed director shot five consecutive films after Collateral in the digital medium. The medium has now become the norm for modern filmmaking today, with even AI and other technologies entering the space. Christopher Nolan, however, is still the lone black sheep who shoots on celluloid even today.
Mann explains that he has no preference for any particular medium. “I have no prejudice either way,” he says. But he does pursue to treat his chosen option “like a new medium,” and explore its new aspects. He also further explained his reasons for going digital in Collateral and Public Enemies, and how it affected them visually.
Heat 2 is expected to take off from right where the first part ends. First written as a book by Mann and Meg Gardiner, the movie is expected to match its predecessor’s expectations. The novel centers on De Niro’s Neil McCauley’s operations in three locations, and other major characters. Heat is easily one of Mann’s most-loved movies by fans, and Heat 2 seems to pack the same thrill that the former did. Deadline reported on possibilities of Mann’s Ferrari lead Adam Driver joining the cast, but nothing is concrete yet. He says that they “got along like a house on fire,” and had a “great time working artistically.”