Michael Mann in talks with Adam Driver to play a young Robert De Niro in Heat 2

Once Michael Mann has parked his Adam Driver-led Enzo Ferrari biopic, he hopes to convince the actor to play a young Neil McCauley in his sequel to revered 1995 crime-epic Heat.

Deadline reports that Heat 2 is starting to gain some real traction at Warner Bros. and that Mann wants to adapt the New York Times Best-Seller he co-wrote alongside Meg Gardiner. Sources reveal that the studio are in negotiations to fund the project and that Driver is in discussions with the Collateral director to play the younger version of Robert De Niro’s iconic L.A. criminal.

Published in August 2022, Heat 2 picks up a day after the events of the film, with Val Kilmer’s injured Chris holed up and plotting his escape from L.A., while Al Pacino’s Vincent Hanna is desperate to catch or kill the fugitive bank-robber.

Running concurrently with this narrative is one set in 1988 that depicts the younger McCauley, who they hope to be played by Driver, taking down scores across the West Coast, the US-Mexican border and Chicago, while Hanna is tracking down a gang of violent home invaders.

Mann hopes to make Heat 2 his next film following Ferrari. Warner Bros. and reps for Mann had no comment.

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