EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg appears to have found his Frank Bullitt as sources tell Deadline Bradley Cooper has closed a deal to play the brash San Francisco cop in the new original. Bullitt the story focuses on the classic character famously played by Steven McQueen in the 1968 thriller produced by Warner Bros. Cooper will also produce the film alongside Spielberg and his producing partner Kristie Macosko Krieger (marking their second collaboration after maestro), with Josh Singer on board to write the script. Steve McQueen’s son Chad and granddaughter Molly McQueen will produce the new film.
Sources say that this is not a remake of the original film, but a new idea centered around the character. In the original film, Frank Bullitt is a no-nonsense San Francisco cop on the hunt for the mob kingpin who killed his witness. Considered to be one of McQueen’s iconic roles, the film delivers one of the most famous car chase scenes in film history. Sources also say that the film is still in development.
While Cooper’s deal recently closed, he and Spielberg have been talking about the character and what a new take on the story would look like going all the way back to the pandemic when everyone was stuck in quarantine and had nothing but time on their hands. Cooper and Spielberg have been trying to team up on something for years, dating back to when the legendary director came close to directing Cooper in American sniper (Spielberg eventually moved on and Clint Eastwood came on board to direct the film). Over the years, they’ve continued to talk about the projects they’re developing, and it was actually Spielberg who offered Cooper the director’s job. maestro. Spielberg had been developing it for years and he came close to directing himself but after being impressed by Cooper’s A star is born Spielberg felt that Cooper was better suited to not only star in the film but direct the love story as well (Spielberg remains a producer on the film along with Macosko Krieger, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner and Amy Durning).
Cooper is currently in post-production on master, which he also wrote, directed, produced and starred in, alongside Carey Mulligan. The film will be released by Netflix in 2023. With 9 Oscar nominations for both acting and producing, Cooper is one of the few actor/directors who has managed to combine critical acclaim with box office success. Cooper is represented by Range Media Partners.