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Heat fans are finally getting a sequel to Michael Mann’s classic 1995 crime drama film starring Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, and Val Kilmer, although it might not be in the format that they imagined.

As reported by Deadline, Heat 2 is arriving in the form of a novel that was written by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner, an Edgar Awards winner known for thrillers such as China Lake and The Dirty Secrets Club. The book will be released this summer.

“The surprise here: the novel coming August 9 from William Morrow through the HarperCollins-based Michael Mann Books imprint will tell an original story about the lives of the characters in that movie both before and after the events depicted in the movie,” Deadline explained in its coverage.

“It’s been my intention for a long time to do the further stories of Heat,” Mann told the publication. “There was always a rich history or back-story about the events in these people’s lives before 1995 in Heat and projection of where their lives would take them after.”

Heat was released over two decades ago in 1995 but remains a favorite among action aficionados for its intense shootout scene, which has been applauded for not only its direction, but sound mixing. Mann’s new Heat novel starts one day after the events of the original, with Val Kilmer’s Chris Shiherlis trying to escape LA.

Source: Deadline

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  1. While that movie was an ok watch, I have no desire for a novel, or a sequel movie. Interesting that they felt the need to add to the story years later.

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