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.
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.