Michael Mann is heading to Vietnam. The film director is teaming with author Mark Bowden for an adaptation of Bowden’s Hue 1968. Per Deadline:
Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Hue 1968, and they will shape as an event eight- to 10-hour miniseries Mark Bowden’s kaleidoscopic account of the Tet Offensive that became the turning point of American involvement in the Vietnam War. Bowden’s books have been catnip for Hollywood, and his Black Hawk Down was turned into the memorable Ridley Scott-directed 2001 thriller. Bowden worked five years on Hue 1968, which will be published June 6 by Grove Atlantic. Mann plans to direct numerous episodes of the mini and will produce with De Luca.
Hue, the cultural and historical capital city, was the centerpiece of Hanoi’s 1968 Tet Offensive, a surprise attack by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong that sought to win the war in one stroke. Part military action and popular uprising, NVA infantry crossed mountains, undetected, with smuggled weapons waiting for them. This set the stage for a surprise attack that overran the city except for two small military outposts.
With Michael Mann at the helm in some way, shape, or form, I’m thinking this could be his comeback (I loved Blackhat, though).