EXCLUSIVE: Director Michael Mann, after film triumphs from The Insider to Collateral, Last of the Mohicans, Heat and numerous others and TV shows like Miami Vice and Crime Story, is ready to take the leap and become the rare elite filmmaker to launch his own publishing imprint. Deadline revealed in 2016 the deal he made with HarperCollins for Michael Mann Books. Hewing close to what he knows in launching feature films, Mann has issued a trailer for the imprint’s first book, Hunting Leroux. The book, which covers the hunt for the shadowy criminal mastermind Paul Calder Leroux, was written by Elaine Shannon. She and Mann collaborated years ago on the NBC miniseries Drug Wars: The Kiki Camarena Story, and Mann has written the forward for her book, which will be published February 19.

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Good news for fans of the Mann-directed crime classic Heat. The second book coming from Mann’s imprint will be the prequel/sequel to the film that starred Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro. That book is being finished and is co-authored by Mann and bestselling author Reed Farrel Coleman.