EXCLUSIVE: It looks like Steven Spielberg has found his Frank Bullitt, sources say. Deadline Bradley Cooper has closed a deal to play the San Francisco cop in the new original. Bullitt story centered on the classic character played by Steven McQueen in the 1968 thriller, which is mounted at Warner Bros. Cooper will also produce the film alongside Spielberg and his producing partner Kristie Macosko Krieger (marking their second collaboration after teacher), with Josh Singer on board to write the script. Steve McQueen’s son Chad and his granddaughter Molly McQueen will produce the new film.
Sources claim that this is not a remake of the original film but a new idea centered on the character. In the original film, Frank Bullitt is a no-nonsense San Francisco cop on the hunt for the mob boss who killed his witness. Considered one of McQueen’s most iconic roles, the film features one of the most famous car chase scenes in film history. Sources also add that the film is still in development.
Although Cooper’s deal only recently closed, he and Spielberg have been talking about the character and how it would be a new take on the story that would go back to the pandemic when everyone was stuck in quarantine and had nothing but time. 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 passed and Clint Eastwood stepped in to direct the film). With teacherSpielberg had been developing it for years and came close to directing it himself but after being blown away by Cooper’s A star is born, Spielberg felt that Cooper was best suited not only to star in the film but also to direct the love story (Spielberg remains a producer on the film along with Macosko Krieger, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner and Amy Durning).
Cooper is currently in post-production teacher, which he also co-wrote, directed, produced and stars alongside Carey Mulligan. The film will be released by Netflix in 2023. With 9 Oscar nominations for both acting and production, Cooper is one of the few actor/directors who has been able to combine critical acclaim with box office success. Cooper is repped by Range Media Partners.