Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is taking on Bullitt.
Spielberg is making a new original feature that’s based on the character of Frank Bullitt – the San Francisco cop famously played by Steve McQueen in the original 1968 film.
According to Deadline, the picture will star Bradley Cooper as the no-nonsense cop, but the film isn’t a straightforward remake. Instead, it’s said to be a new original feature that’s centered around Frank Bullitt.
Although Cooper has only just signed on for the role, he’s apparently been discussing it with Spielberg for some time.
“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,” said Deadline reporter, Justin Kroll.
The original Bullitt saw the titular character trying to track down a mysterious mob boss who organized a hit on his star witness. It also features one of the most famous car chases in cinema history.
Unfortunately, there are no other details about the upcoming Bullitt film, with the plot remaining firmly under wraps.
Whether or not the new film will live up to the original remains to be seen, but with Spielberg at the helm, it feels as though Bullitt is in good hands.
The Post writer Josh Singer is writing the screenplay while Cooper, Spielberg, and Kristie Macosko Krieger are on board as producers. Steve McQueen’s son Chad McQueen and granddaughter Molly McQueen will serve as executive producers.
IGN’s review of Spielberg’s most recent film The Fabelmans gave it 9/10 and said: “Steven Spielberg goes autobiographical with The Fabelmans, his warmest and most personal film to date. With a coming-of-age story that is universal in its portrayal of misunderstood artists and broken homes, but hyper-specific in its portrayal of the childhood that formed a legendary filmmaker, this is a therapy session turned into a hugely entertaining movie, aided by a fantastic cast, and one of John Williams’ best scores in years.”
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.