Michael Mann to direct new HBO pilot

Autobiographical crime-drama Tokyo Vice follows a US journalist working as a crime reporter in Japan's capital city. 

HBO have tapped Micheal Mann to direct the first episode of new crime-drama Tokyo Vice.

Based on the memoir of US journalist Jake Adelstein, the show will explore the eventful years he spent as a crime reporter at one of Japan’s biggest newspapers. 

Baby Driver’s Ansel Engort will star as Adelstein and while its been announced that Ken Wantanabe will also take on a lead role, it’s currently not clear who he’ll be playing.

There’s the potential for Mann to direct further episodes of the show which is due to begin filming in February 2020. 

This will be Mann’s first time directing a TV series since his work on HBO’s racing drama Luck which was cancelled after one season back in 2012 due to animal safety concerns.

After critically-acclaimed classics like The Last of the Mohicans and Heat his last film, 2015’s cyber-thriller Blackhat, bombed at the box office.

Tokyo Vice is being developed exclusively for HBO’s new streaming service HBO Max which will launch in the US sometime in 2020. 

It’s unlikely that this service will ever launch here in the UK due to HBO’s agreement with Sky Atlantic and NOW TV. 

A release date for the series is not yet known.

Source: Collider

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