Screenwriter Profile: Michael Mann

The Writer:

Michael Mann is another one of those Hollywood triple threats: a writer, director, producer. Mann is the creative force behind such great films as Public Enemies, Heat, and The Last of the Mohicans. Favorite subjects of Mann include lone wolf heroes, criminals, and the great city of Chicago.

Credits:

Public Enemies (screenplay) – 2009

Miami Vice (written by) – 2006

Robbery Homicide Division (TV series) – 2002

Ali (screenplay) – 2001

The Insider (written by) – 1999

Heat (written by) – 1995

The Last of the Mohicans (screenplay) – 1992

Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (TV mini-series) – 1990

L.A. Takedown (TV movie) (written by) – 1989

Crime Story (TV series) – 1986-1988

Manhunter (screenplay) – 1986

The Keep (screenplay) – 1983

Vega$ (TV series) – 1978-1981

Thief (screen story / screenplay) – 1981

Swan Song (TV movie) – 1980

The Jericho Mile (TV movie) (teleplay) – 1979

Straight Time (uncredited) – 1978

Police Story (TV series) – 1976-1978

Starsky and Hutch (TV series) – 1975-1977

Gibbsville (TV series) – 1976

Bronk (TV series) – 1976

Quotes:

A 65-ft.-wide screen and 500 people reacting to the movie, there is nothing like that experience.

Could I have worked under a system where there were Draconian controls on my creativity, meaning budget, time, script choices, etc.? Definitely not. I would have fared poorly under the old studio system that guys like Howard Hawks did so well in. I cannot just make a film and walk away from it. I need that creative intimacy and, quite frankly, the control to execute my visions, on all my projects.

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