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.


Public Enemies (screenplay) Р2009

Miami Vice (written by) Р2006

Robbery Homicide Division (TV series) Р2002

Ali (screenplay) Р2001

The Insider (written by) Р1999

Heat (written by) Р1995

The Last of the Mohicans (screenplay) Р1992

Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (TV mini-series) Р1990

L.A. Takedown (TV movie) (written by) Р1989

Crime Story (TV series) Р1986-1988

Manhunter (screenplay) Р1986

The Keep (screenplay) Р1983

Vega$ (TV series) Р1978-1981

Thief (screen story / screenplay) Р1981

Swan Song (TV movie) Р1980

The Jericho Mile (TV movie) (teleplay) Р1979

Straight Time (uncredited) Р1978

Police Story (TV series) Р1976-1978

Starsky and Hutch (TV series) Р1975-1977

Gibbsville (TV series) Р1976

Bronk (TV series) Р1976


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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