Michael Mann Hunting Paul Haggis' GOLD?

Updated: Michael Mann's representatives have got in touch with us and say the information regarding Eva Green, Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield's reported attachment to a Robert Capa biopic "was misreported a few months back and was inaccurate then and is still inaccurate today". My favourite movie of 2009 was Michael Mann's gangster epic Public Enemies, though I've come to understand that I'm completely in the minority on that one and the veteran's ambitious decision to shoot a period 30's movie on High-def was something that many couldn't get to grips with. Personally I loved the spectacle and how it shook up a tired genre and I've been chomping at the bit to hear what his next project will be. We've spoke about a few of them recently, the most exciting clearly being an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's medieval novel Agincourt, a good old fashioned epic swords-and-shields flick with a love story at it€™s core and which builds up to the 1415 bloody battle of Agincourt as it€™s finale. Which if shot in HD could be something particularly special. That one had been written by Michael Hirst (€˜The Tudors€˜, Cate Blanchett€™s €˜Elizabeth€™ films), an expert on these times by all accounts. Then there was Big Tuna that would revolve around aging mobster Tony Accardo and his younger successor Sam Giancana and it would be Mann's second Chicago-based gangster movie in a row. That one has a script by Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air), though I have a feeling Mann wouldn't want to repeat himself despite his obvious interest in the era. And then there's a biopic of war photographer Robert Capa which once had Eva Green attached but more recently Gemma Arterton and Andrew Garfield in the lead role but we've heard nothing on that one for a while. There's even been talk of an adaptation of the classic Hemingway novel €˜For Whom The Bell Tolls€™ at Warner Bros. But according to Deadline, Mann's next picture might be shaping up to be Gold, a contemporary adventurer in the spirit on the classic John Huston flick Treasure of the Sierra Madre about 'prospectors and speculators involved in the chase for gold' which has been developed by Paul Haggis and scripted by Friday Night Lights duo Patrick Masset and John Zinnan, though plot details are being kept under-wraps. Mann & Haggis will produce but no financing is in place yet and they will have to ship to studio's if they want to film this year. Sounds like it could be fun and if it's half as good as the Humphrey Bogart classic, then we will be in for something very special indeed if he does decide to make this next. Thought the title has to go. 'Gold' is too obscure and not sexy enough to sell for me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTQY3NBJXE4 Whilst Mann deliberates on what his next project will be, he continues work on the David Milch-scripted horse-racing drama series €œLucky€ starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte at HBO, which Mann has said €˜is one of the best pieces of writing anyone has ever passed to me€™.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.