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Michael Mann And Paul Haggis May Be Digging For GOLD!

Nordling here.

Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Michael Mann is circling GOLD, a thriller surrounding a search for the titular metal, which is being described as thematically along the lines of THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE (and really, that film's probably the template for this kind of thing anyway).  Mann would produce with Paul Haggis and Michael Nozik.

Apparently Haggis flipped over a spec written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (writers of television's FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and CHICAGO CODE), but too busy to sit in the director's chair himself, showed the project to Mann, who is presently eyeing it as a film for himself to direct.  Mann's attached to a few projects himself, so it's not certain whether or not this would be his follow-up to PUBLIC ENEMIES or something for him to do down the road.  The film is still in early development.

I'd be curious to know if this is in modern day or not.  A modern day gold hunt would be interesting, considering that we've seen many stories about the gold rush and gold hunts in yesteryear but not much of recent events.  The premise is vague enough that it could be about a mining operation or a simple heist film.   Either way, with Michael Mann directing, if this film happens it would probably not be an intimate film, but something wider in scope.   

Nordling, out.

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  • April 13, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by unkempt_sock

    is super bi-polar. One movie will be fucking brilliant, then the next complete shit. So I don't know how to feel about this.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    There Will Be Mounties

    by rosasaks

    I still think Due South is the best thing Paul Haggis has done.

  • April 13, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    almost first!


    want wide... epic....

  • April 13, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    movie plot

    by the new transported man

    Should be about gold mining operations raping ecosystems & exploiting workers in Africa & China, all so we can have gold futures, jewelry, & affordable gadgetry. Precious metals FTW. Or maybe it could just be a Michael Mann-directed, 30 minute science video on the physical properties of gold. Starring Dermot Mulroney as Gold Atom #2.


  • April 13, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Not a remake of the Roger Moore film?

    by Fred

  • April 13, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Will it star Al Swearengen?

    by rosasaks

  • April 13, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    We don't need none of your steenking remakes.

    by cookylamoo

  • April 13, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Rise of the Setting Sun

    by rosasaks

    Daniel Plainview and Al Swearengen go to war over some gold because they can’t decide whether to use the gold to finance Paul Thomas Anderson or Paul Haggis to make a film about the Church of Scientology. In the end Dustin Hoffman steals all the gold and uses it to buy a race horse off MC Hammer who has infiltrated NASA for the scientologists and uses the gold to build a spaceship piloted by Elton John that crashes into the sun and saves the Earth from global warming. This is all part of a conspiracy to cover up Clive Owen and Denzel Washington stealing some diamonds off the Nazis before the oil runs out.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Needs a cameo from Roger Moore - don't let Michael Caine

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    steal all the old guy British parts.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Can Michael Mann PLEASE go back to shooting on actual film?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Public Enemies was a good movie absolutely RUINED by some of the most hideous DV "cinematography" I have ever seen. What a blight, considering how gorgeous Mann's films USED to be in the pre-DV 80's and 90's.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Whatabout The Frankie Machine?

    by Righteous Brother

    I thought he was gonna do that with Bobby D.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Spandau Ballet..

    by nolan bautista

    will perform the title track..w/ Shirley Basey on lead vocals (w/ a sampling track from John Barry)

  • April 13, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by lv_426

    I agree. Mann's digital cinematography was just fine for Collateral and Miami Vice, but not that well for Public Enemies.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    I looping gold!

    by Bass Ackwards

    But seriously, yes this is set in the present day. How lazy are you guys around here that you can't be bothered to do "research," and by research I mean read the full article that you're linking to. Are we just reporting in te headlines of other sites now?

  • April 13, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    iPhone autocorrect makes me chuckle.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:54 a.m. CST

    The digital camera

    by Samuel Fulmer

    fit Collateral and Miami Vice, but it just made Public Enemies look cheap and fake. It's too bad since they spent 100 million on it and did all that actual location work just to make a film that didn't feel authentic at all. I miss the Michael Mann pre-Miami Vice that actually seemed to take time to compose his shots, instead of the shaky-cam happy amateur who has replaced him.

  • April 13, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Eureka with Gene Hackman

    by Samuel Fulmer

    there's one crazy ass Gold movie!

  • April 13, 2011, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Gold is good BO, but NAZI GOLD would be BO gold

    by kabong

    Pirates of the Nazi Gold Lord of the Nazi Gold Nazi Gold of King Kong The Rise of the Planet of the Nazi Gold Jennifer Aniston's unnamed project, a rom com about Nazi Gold

  • April 13, 2011, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Remember The Keep?

    by Mandolorian

    One of my favorite books, the movie was alright but has never even been released on DVD. Mann will never top Heat though.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The Keep DVD conspiracy theories

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Some theories state that it was going to be released years back, but when Mann teamed up with Paramount to make Collateral, part of the stipulation was that The Keep would not get released because it shames him. The other theory is that he's tinkering with it for a future "director's cut" release for DVD/Blu-ray. Another theory is that it was so bad, that Paramount doesn't want to bother putting it out on DVD.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I'd like Thief on Blu-ray

    by Samuel Fulmer

    The only available DVD is one of the crappiest looking around. A bad transfer of a laserdisc.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    If The Irishman is really happening with Scorsese

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I kind of doubt Frankie Machine will get made. De Niro will be 90 by that point.

  • April 13, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    If you liked Public Enemies

    by NightArrows

    I highly recommend the book. It's quite awesome and paints an incredibly vivid picture of that era, the sprees and those involved in them. Plus their eventual capture or death.

  • April 13, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by Daniel Sohinki

    John Dillinger dies at the end?!

  • April 13, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Sorry SPOILERS

    by NightArrows

    Not only does he die, it's during a Donkey Show™ in Mexico...

  • He's just a love/hate kind of director. To me he's probably the best crime filmmaker working today. Public Enemies wasn't perfect, but it still has a lot going for it. And the dude knows how to film a fucking a shoot-out.

  • April 13, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Mann is awesome

    by NightArrows

    I even liked Miami Vice a lot, despite the hatred towards it. I think Public Enemies could have been better served on film versus DV, it was still a solid film. The dialogue levels are what pissed me off. Couldn't hear a fucking word at times.

  • April 13, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Mann peaked with Heat

    by Billy_D_Williams

    everything he's done since has been flawed.

  • April 13, 2011, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Collateral was pretty great. Not Heat great but great none-the-less

    by stu_pickles

    Miami Vice and Public Enemies I thought sucked though.

  • April 13, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Gold

    by drompter

    Some had to

  • April 13, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Gold 2: Finger in the the other nostril

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • April 13, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    It better be about a leprechaun

    by noiretblanc

  • April 13, 2011, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Scientology New Yorker article..Paul Haggis

    by RomeroZombie

    The article is pretty wild..ripe for a movie adaption itself.Awesome payback if Haggis adapted the article about himself!

  • April 13, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Heat was not his best; The Insider was.

    by Sardonic

    Heat was just the best crime film he ever did (and, in my opinion, in the top five crime films ever made).

  • April 14, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Sardonic is right

    by la_sith

    As much as I love HEAT, there is not question that some of it is flat-out bad (pretty much any scene involving man and wife or relationships). THE INSIDER is and always will be his best. And everything else since has been overly long and terribly flawed (ALI, PUBLIC ENEMIES) and just fucking awful (MIAMI VICE). Sorry folks, but while MV's nice to look at, it's a stinking pile of shit. That last scene with the reworking of "In The Air Tonight" is simply embarrassing.

  • April 14, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    The studio will get cute and...

    by Truxton Spangler

    entitle it "Au." 85% of America will go, "huh?"

  • April 14, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    What Roger Moore in this movie: GOLD!

    by apna