Michael Mann to direct The Big Stone Grid

The man who brought us tension-built crime sagas such as Collateral and Heat, is heading back into familiar territory. Deadline reports that Michael Mann is talks to direct the crime thriller The Big Stone Grid, which revolves around two seasoned detectives who uncover an extortion ring deep in New York City.

The film is based on a spec script written by S. Craig Zahler that was bought last year by Sony Pictures and is being produced by Michael De Luca (Moneyball). Mann, who hasn’t directed a film since 2009’s Public Enemies, is an executive producer on the HBO series Luck, which delves into the greedy, break-neck world of horse racing. Mann’s next film project is Go Like Hell, a look into the 1960s battle of the superior sports car between Ford and Ferarri.

So Mann is definitely keeping busy, and the addition of The Big Stone Grid brings a welcomed return of the gritty crime genre that the director is famous for. With that being said, the plot of the film does sound intriguing but will it bring something new to a genre we haven’t seen before?

While it’s still early to tell, with Mann at the helm, it’s safe to say we’ve got nothing to worry about, for he’s famous for bringing us different, realistic approach to the situation. But with production dates and casting still needing to be taken care of, we won’t know for a while what to expect, so keep an eye out for updates!