Deadline reports that veteran director Michael Mann is set to direct the pilot of HBO Max’s crime series Tokyo Vice starring Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) and Ken Watanabe (Inception, The Last Samurai) as the main leads of the 10-episode streaming series.
They also add that Mann could end up directing multiple episodes beyond the pilot.
Michael Mann has been set by HBO Max to direct the pilot episode of Tokyo Vice, the drama series that stars Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe. Mann will potentially direct more episodes of the series in its freshman season, and he becomes executive producer alongside J.T. Rogers, John Lesher, Emily Gerson Saines, Alan Poul, Elgort, Destin Daniel Cretton, and Watanabe.
Watanabe will play Hiroto Katagiri, a detective in the organized crime division of the Tokyo Police Department who is also a father-figure to Jake (Elgort) throughout the series as he helps guide him along the thin and often precarious line between the cops and the world of organized crime.
Production begins this February on location in Japan as Michael Mann is currently scouting there.
We should be getting a wave of casting announcements before the end of the year.
Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) has been originally attached to direct, but his commitments to Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings likely became a scheduling conflict.
Mann is no stranger to crime projects as he started out with the groundbreaking original Miami Vice series in the 1980s (also directing the Colin Farrell/Jamie Foxx film) along with feature films such as Manhunter, Collateral, Public Enemies, and Blackhat.
The standout has been the fantastic Heat starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. which was a remake of his TV movie L.A. Takedown. Considered to be one of the best action/crime films from the 1990s.