Michael Mann to Direct HBO Max Drama ‘Tokyo Vice’

Crime series stars Ansel Elgort as an American journalist who embeds himself in the Tokyo Metropolitan Police to uncover corruption

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“Miami Vice” producer Michael Mann has signed on to direct the pilot episode of “Tokyo Vice” for HBO Max, the streaming service revealed Tuesday.

The drama series, based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction book of the same name, stars “The Goldfinch’s” Ansel Elgort as an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption. According to HBO Max, “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.”

Mann joins as director and executive producer alongside writer J.T. Rogers, John Lesher, Emily Gerson Saines and Destin Daniel Cretton. Elgort and his co-star Ken Watanabe also executive produce.

Among Mann’s TV credits are “Miami Vice,” “Vega$,” “Crime Story,” “Robbery Homicide Division” and HBO’s doomed horse racing drama “Luck.”

“Tokyo Vice” is one of several original series in the pipeline for the forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming service, including an adaptation of “Station Eleven” starring Mackenzie Davis, the Kaley Cuoco-led “The Flight Attendant,” the “Crazy Rich Asians”-inspired docuseries “The Ho’s,” an updated spinoff of The CW’s “Gossip Girl” and a new season of the TBS comedy “Search Party,” among others.