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Michael Mann, 80, has accomplished more than most people in their lifetime. He is a father to four children, has created top-tier television programs, and wrote a best-seller novel expanding the


Universe. He is one of Hollywood’s most prolific and goal-oriented creators. If he has his say, he will not stop entertaining the masses any time soon. Speaking with Variety, Mann opened up the hood for his upcoming film Ferarri, a biographical drama starring Adam Driver, Shailene Woodley, Penelope Cruz, Sarah Gadon, and more about the life story of Italian sports car entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari.Speaking with the outlet, Mann detailed his 30-year Ferrari

journey, saying it’s been a personal labor of love since 1967, when he was a draft-dodging film student in London, living off a meager sum as he forged ahead. Mann says the inspiration for Ferarri first hit when he emerged from the London Underground and witnessed a Ferarri 275 GTB four-cam moving through the street. “It’s just this integration of performance and beauty,” Mann says to his interviewer. Mann says that moment was love at first sight, and the image of that vehicle burned into his mind’s eye, like a white-hot brand pressing into pink flesh.Mann is content knowing Ferarri

isn’t attached to a major studio. “The origins of this movie, the content of the script and the movie you saw don’t fit into the type of film that the conventional studio system would embrace,” says he. “It’s truly appropriate that it is an independent film being distributed by Neon, a very independent distributor.”Ferarri‘s independent status also helps in the face of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Mann recalls the 1988 strike period when actors lost their home video returns. He doesn’t want to see creatives lose out on better deals for their hard work, especially with streaming changing the landscape. “I think the struggle is a kind of late-stage capitalism,” says he.

“Writers are underpaid – even the best feature-film writers. “They all start with this.” Holding up a blank sheet of paper, he says: “We begin with nothing, absolutely nothing.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrYuOZUIFdwTurning his attention to Heat 2, the failure of 2015’s


still haunts him. A cyber-thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, Blackhat earned $19.6 million worldwide against a $70 million budget. Mann believes that he knows why the film failed to find an audience. “It’s mine.” Mann says that the script was not ready for shooting. “The subject might have been ahead of its time, because a lot of people thought that this was all fantasy. Wrong. Everything is stone-cold accurate.” Mann explains that Blackhat

came at a time when audiences had yet to learn about the true horrors of technology. Mann says that he edits carefully, and no frame is wasted. Blackhat is the one exception, and the project suffered as a result.Knowing that time waits for no one, Mann addresses the idea of running out of time to make Heat 2. Mann compares the situation to that of a friend who is an architect. He says that his friend is constantly establishing new projects. They have been doing it since the 1980s. At least one of the films is made with a desire to pass away. The way Mann talks about it, he’s ready to pass while doing what he loves most: making films.The following day, he approaches the interviewer from Variety

again to clarify his previous statement. “The thing is, i don’t even think about mortality. I’m busy. What would it do for me? If I had to make “Heat 2,” I wouldn’t be lost in this beautiful Ferrari story. And I took two years to write a novel.” He offers a mischievous smile and adds,

“Fortunately, it became a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.” Then he says, “The things I’m into are things that fascinate me and keep me moving forward.”Mann says he’s poured much of himself into developing Heat 2, but he won’t lose sleep if the film never sees the light of day. He won’t be left feeling incomplete if the film never gets made.

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