Michael Mann Considering Gangster Biopic BIG TUNA and Battle of Agincourt Story for His Next Film

     October 25, 2010


After the highly-disappointing Public Enemies, director Michael Mann shifted over to television and worked on the upcoming HBO series Luck co-created by David Milch (Deadwood) and starring Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, and Dennis Farina.  However, The Financial Times reports [via Deadline] that Mann is currently looking ahead to what may be his next feature film.  In addition to a previously-reported biopic of photographer Robert Capa, Mann is also looking at “an epic tale set in medieval Europe, about the build-up to the 15th-century battle of Agincourt between England and France.”  Deadline adds that the project would be based on Bernard Cornwell’s novel Agincourt, which centers on a young warrior whose personal tale serves as a portal to the Battle of Agincourt.  We’ve included the official synopsis for Agincourt after the jump.

Mann is also considering Big Tuna.  Not a tale about Jim Halpert, the story is a biopic of notorious Chicago crime boss Tony Accardo and the younger man who succeeded him.  Should he choose to go with Big Tuna, hopefully Mann will come out with a better gangster biopic than he did with Public Enemies.  As for Luck, which is another crime tale—this time set in the world of Los Angeles horse-racing and gambling—it’s set to premiere sometime in late 2011 or early 2012.

Here’s the synopsis of Agincourt [via Amazon]:

One of the most dramatic victories in British history, the battle of Agincourt—immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry V—pitted undermanned and overwhelmed English forces against a French army determined to keep their crown out of Henry’s hands. Here Bernard Cornwell resurrects the legend of the battle and the “band of brothers” who fought on that fateful October day in 1415. An epic of redemption, Agincourt follows a commoner, a king, and a nation’s entire army on an improbable mission to test the will of God and reclaim what is rightfully theirs—an exhilarating story of survival and slaughter that is, at once, a brilliant work of history and a triumph of imagination.



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