Sheldon Turner to Write BIG TUNA for Michael Mann

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Director Michael Mann (Heat) has hired Sheldon Turner, the screenwriter partly responsible for Clooney comedy Up In The Air, to write his new crime thriller, Big Tuna. The movie will be a biopic of Chicago crime lord Tony Accardo, and his young protege Sam Giancana, who eventually replaced him. For Michael Mann, this will be his second attempt at a gangster biopic, the first being the disappointing Public Enemies last year, which starred Johnny Depp as notorious bank robber, John Dillinger. Variety reports that Mann’s chosen scribe, Sheldon Turner, is a wanted man himself at the minute, attached to numerous high profile projects including his directorial debut, By Virtue Fall, starring Colin Farrell and Eric Bana, and as producer for rom-com, Kiss and Tell. Hit the jump for more on Big Tuna and both men involved.

public_enemies_movie_image_set_photo_michael_mann_01Mann says the film will detail the life of “an older man who was the undisputed boss at a time when the Chicago outfit was the most powerful crime element in America. It becomes a classic tragedy of megalomania and hubris.”

Mann evidently has a lot of faith in Turner’s writing finesse as without backing of a studio yet, he’s funding the screenwriter’s seven figure fee for Big Tuna from his own development fund. Sheldon Turner is exceptionally busy with responsibilities across the board; directing, writing and producing for various studios. In addition to the titles mentioned above, he’s working on Man Camp, Path’s of Glory, Orbit and Two Minutes to Midnight.

The fact Big Tuna is in the pipeline doesn’t necessarily mean it will be Michael Mann’s next film. As far as we know, Mann is still helming Agincourt, a movie based on the 15th Century epic battle of Agincourt between England and France, and also intends to continue with yet another biopic, this time detailing the life of WWII photographer Robert Capa. His success with this type of movie in the past hasn’t been overwhelming (think Ali), but practice makes perfect I suppose. Plus, he’s had some time out of film working with HBO on their upcoming horse racing series Luck which should air in September next year, so fingers crossed we can expect a return to form.




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  • Sccitylhh

    Didn’t think Public Enemies was disappointing. It was a change of pace, yes, but it was also quite serene and poetic. Just my opinion.

  • Varagor

    Paths of Glory?! They’re remaking Paths of Glory?!?!?!?!

  • Corbinus

    public enemies wasn’t disappointing. far from it. i enjoyed it thoroughly and have watched it several times.

  • Christophercantos

    i don’t think Mann has found a grove yet with his digital cameras when shooting period pieces. it works on films like Collateral(and what a great film that was) and Miami Vice(bad film but the look is appropriate). unlike Fincher who shot Zodiac(a movie set in thr 60s and 70s) and Ben Button which is a period piece. not to mention the problem they say that digital cameras don’t work on dialogue scenes, Fincher prove them wrong with Zodiac and even more so with Social Network.

    hopefully Mann gets back to form. i was watching HEAT the other night and notice how great a film-maker he is. then i remember THE INSIDER(which is i think his best film) and fell saddened that he has been in a recent slump lately. THE INSIDER is as good as a movie can be. it’s amazing!

  • Matt

    Ditto the fondness, if not quite love, for Public Enemies…If I was on the fence at all, the final scene with Depp in the theatre won me over. You can see him reconciling things in his mind…go on the run again? Or go out on his terms?

    Ali also had its strengths, including some of the best fight scenes ever filmed.

  • Matt

    Ditto the fondness, if not quite love, for Public Enemies…If I was on the fence at all, the final scene with Depp in the theatre won me over. You can see him reconciling things in his mind…go on the run again? Or go out on his terms?

    Ali also had its strengths, including some of the best fight scenes ever filmed.

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