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More story details about Michael Mann's untitled cyber theft thriller starring Chris Hemsworth

Apr. 10, 2013by:
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Back in February it was reported that Chris Hemsworth was attached to star in Michael Mann's first film in four years and it would be about cyber threats and attacks. But that was it for news: no title, no additional cast, nadda. There's some more news today but probably not nearly as detailed as you'd like.

IndieWire has news that according to Asian media reports, Michael Mann is currently in Hong Kong seeking out locations to film his new movie. Mann has also been in talks with some of the local talent for roles in the film such as Tang Wei (LUST, CAUTION), Nick Cheung Ka-fai (BEAST STALKER) and Shawn Yue Man-lok (INFERNAL AFFAIRS).

There still isn't any details about the film's story but IndieWire has learned that it will include a Balkan hacker working out of a South Asian country and the hacker will be wanted by both American and Chinese task forces.

Four years is a long wait for a new Michael Mann film and I am very intrigued to see how the director handles (in my opinion) a very interesting topic. I think a lot of people still have that mentality that hackers and cyber terrorists are just guys in their Mom's basement eating Hot Pockets. But as technology has become more integrated into our daily lives, businesses, and governments the threat of a cyber attack by a group or a country has become very real and I believe it's only a matter of time before something major happens.

Apparently Michael Mann would like to get production on the film underway by this summer so we should have more news on the project soon.

Extra Tidbit: One of my favorite scenes from a Michael Mann film was actually unscripted: the coyotes running across the road in COLLATERAL. Most of the filming was done with digital movie cameras and when the coyotes just happened to cross the street, Mann could film the event without having to set up lights due to how well the cameras work in low-lit areas.
Source: IndieWire

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12:15PM on 04/10/2013
Sounds good. I hope Hemsworth keeps getting quality roles like this and the ones he has been getting. He's a really good actor with alot or depth.
Sounds good. I hope Hemsworth keeps getting quality roles like this and the ones he has been getting. He's a really good actor with alot or depth.
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11:46AM on 04/10/2013

Coyotes were scripted

EXT. OLYMPIC (OR?) - MAX'S CAB - NIGHT
...cruises east. Korean neon burns into the sodium-lit magenta sky. The streets are empty at four a.m. Reflected streetlights flow up the windshield, colors kicking off dented bodywork. The streets are deserted; the city seems dangerous. Max and Vincent's attention, suddenly, is taken by something else...
INT. MAX'S CAB - MAX + VINCENT'S POV: THREE COYOTES - 72B * NIGHT
separate and apart lope diagonally across Sunset. Adult males.
EXT. OLYMPIC (OR?) - MAX'S CAB - NIGHT
...cruises east. Korean neon burns into the sodium-lit magenta sky. The streets are empty at four a.m. Reflected streetlights flow up the windshield, colors kicking off dented bodywork. The streets are deserted; the city seems dangerous. Max and Vincent's attention, suddenly, is taken by something else...
INT. MAX'S CAB - MAX + VINCENT'S POV: THREE COYOTES - 72B * NIGHT
separate and apart lope diagonally across Sunset. Adult males.
Hunting. They're indifferent to urban habitation, as if they,
not we, own this city...

Mann got the idea when he was driving home late one night and saw three coyotes cross the intersection as if they owned it. GREAT scene in the film.

Mann is gonna shoot the HELL out of Hong Kong! And Hemsworth is da shit!
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11:01AM on 04/11/2013
Really? When Collateral came out I remember reading that it was unscripted. Either way it is a great scene, glad you enjoy it as well!
Really? When Collateral came out I remember reading that it was unscripted. Either way it is a great scene, glad you enjoy it as well!
10:44AM on 04/10/2013
Four years is too long for a new Mann film.
Four years is too long for a new Mann film.
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9:54AM on 04/10/2013

Awesome

I've been waiting for a new Mann film, and this is the first I've heard of this. Can't wait to hear more!
I've been waiting for a new Mann film, and this is the first I've heard of this. Can't wait to hear more!
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