6:20pm PT by Andy Lewis
Michael Mann Finds Home for Book Imprint at HarperCollins
Michael Mann Books, the imprint announced by the famed director in March, has found a home at HarperCollins, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. An official announcement is expected Tuesday.
The publisher won world rights to at least three books that will come from the new imprint and possibly more. When Mann announced the publishing venture in March, he did not have a deal with a publisher in place. Multiple houses bid for the right to be in business with the renowned director, and sources put the winning offer at several million dollars spread out over multiple bids.
First up is the previously announced novel that will fictionalize the relationship between real-life mob bosses Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana to be co-written by Don Winslow, author of The Cartel, the prize-winning novel about the Mexican drug trade. Winslow has said he will begin writing later this spring with publication aimed for sometime in 2017. The second book will be a prequel to Mann's 1995 movie Heat that will explore the early history of the characters played by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Details on the third book have not been released.
The Michael Mann Books publishing venture is repped by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory. Mann is repped by CAA, LBI and attorney Harold Brown.