Bradley Cooper is set to star in Steven Spielberg’s next film, an original feature based on the character of Frank Bullitt, the San Francisco cop first played by Steve McQueen in the 1968 thriller “Bullitt.”
Josh Singer (“The Post,” “Spotlight”) is writing the screenplay for the film, which is currently in development at Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. released the original “Bullitt,” which will tell a new story about Bullitt, McQueen’s most notable role. Directed by Peter Yates and based on the 1963 novel “Mute Witness,” “Bullitt” follows the detective as he investigates the death of a mob informant he was hired to protect. The movie is famous for including one of the most iconic car chases in cinema history with McQueen doing his own stunts in a modified Ford Mustang. “Bullitt” became a critical and commercial smash, generating $42 million on a $4 million budget and winning one Oscar.
Cooper will produce the still-untitled movie with Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, marking their second collaboration following the upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic “Maestro.” McQueen’s son Chad McQueen and granddaughter Molly McQueen will executive produce.
Spielberg’s latest movie “The Fabelmans,” a semi-autobiographical story about growing up as a film lover, opened in theaters earlier in November. Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen and Gabriel LaBelle (as Spielberg’s screen surrogate) star in the movie, which looks to be a major awards player after taking home the people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
(Excerpt) Read more in: Variety