Not much has been heard from Michael Mann after Public Enemies came and went two years ago, failing to live up to the promise of his earlier films like Heat, The Insider, and Collateral.  Now that the director has the HBO project Luck looming in the near future, attention has been to turn to what the methodical director’s next big project will be.   And /Film has it that Mann may be moving into The Treasure of the Sierra Madre territory.

Apparently,the director has seized upon Gold,” which is described as “a contemporary thriller” (which isn’t exactly helpful) written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (Friday Night Lights)

Not much is known about the film project, beyond the fact that it is “set around a ruthless search for the precious metal,” and that Paul Haggis (Crash) was originally set to direct the film.  Now Haggis has passed and move to the role of producer, and Mann has nabbed the script with the apparent intention of directing.  And while the script is still being polished and has yet to make it out to the studios of yet, Gold has made its way to Leonardo DiCaprio which, in addition to Mann’s name, probably won’t hurt it’s chances of being made.

What do you think of Mann directing a film like Gold?