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Michael Mann will direct pilot episode of ‘Tokyo Vice’ for HBO Max

HBO Max continues to fill its offer with exciting content: Michael Mann, the mastermind behind ‘Miami Vice,’ has been tabbed to direct the pilot of ‘Tokyo Vice.’

The series is based on Jake Adelstein’s 2009 memoir of the same name (Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan, in full) that tells Adelstein’s story as he tries to reveal a corruption network in the Tokyo Vice police department, according to the streaming service, “the series will chronicle Jake’s daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing, and no one, is truly what or who they seem.”

Adelstein will be played by Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, The Goldfinch) and will be joined by Ken Watanabe leading the cast. Mann is an executive producer alongside co-stars Watanabe and Elgort, writer J.T Rogers, and Destin Daniel Cretton, John Lesher and Emily Gerson Saines.

Aside from ‘Miami Vice,’ Mann’s credits include ‘Heat,’ ‘Collateral,’, ‘Vega$,’ and ‘Crime Story.’ He’s earned four Oscar nominations, and two Emmy nominations.

The book was to be originally adapted into a film in 2013, but HBO Max picked it up in June and turned it into a series. Season 1 will consist of 10 episodes. Production will begin in Japan in February, meaning the show won’t be available at the same time as the streaming service, as it is set to launch in Spring 2020.

‘Tokyo Vice’ is the latest member of HBO Max’s enticing offer that continues to be filled with quality content. It joins ‘The Flight Attendant’ with Kaley Cuoco, a ‘Gossip Girl’ spinoff, and adaptation of ‘Station Eleven with Mackenzie Davis, and much more.

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