The below news release came out back in May of 2002. Has anyone heard anything new on the production? I can't find anything on the net. Last I heard (July 2002) Michael Mann was not going to use anyone from the original cast.
Posted: Wed., May 8, 2002, 10:00pm PT
Dish: Mann over 'Miami'U, helmer adapt TV classic for bigscreen
By MICHAEL FLEMING
Joining the recent spate of classic TV series-turned-features, Universal Pictures and Michael Mann will give bigscreen treatment to the seminal '80s cop series "Miami Vice."
Film will be creatively steered by the man who gave the series a look and style that made it a cultural touchstone of the decade. Mann, who exec produced the series before moving on to become helmer of films including "The Insider," "Heat" and "Ali," will write the film script and produce with Forward Pass partner Sandy Climan. Series creator Anthony Yerkovich will exec produce. Once he completes the script, the CAA-repped Mann will decide whether to direct. It would become one of several next projects he's zeroing in on, with other contenders including an Eric Roth-scripted Western, a sci-fi project, an espionage thriller and a David Self-scripted adaptation of the Spartan epic "Gates of Fire."
Like another series-to-movie transformation, "Hawaii Five-O," "Miami Vice" need only retain a geographical location and theme song, but is not dependent on replicating iconic characters in the same way Paramount's "Honeymooners" remake is. Mann and U can exploit a branded title that portends a big opening weekend, even while making a film that is not meant as a trip down memory lane. Mann's goal is not to prompt baby boomers to dust off their pastel suits, go sockless or replicate fashion trends set by the show. Rather, he will look to create a contemporary crime detective story set in Miami. The series, which was a core part of a Brandon Tartikoff-led resurgence of NBC, revolved around detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas). They were dashing but troubled undercover vice cops who wore designer duds, drove the coolest cars and boats, romanced gorgeous women as they collared drug dealers.
Defined by movie-quality cinematography and a Jan Hammer-created synthesizer background, "Vice" proved a hatching ground for talent like Bruce Willis, Chris Rock, Liam Neeson and Dennis Farina, the latter of whom went on to topline Mann's series "Crime Story." Mann and Climan just supervised the pilot of an untitled series for CBS revolving around the robbery/homicide division of the LAPD, toplined by Mann's "Heat" star Tom Sizemore.