Bradley Cooper will step into one of Steve McQueen’s most iconic roles Spielberg’s original take on the character.


Stephen Spielberg and Bradley Cooper seem like they might make an odd pairing, but for each other the two feel like peanut butter and chocolate and like the famous Reese’s cup have been looking for a project that will make their two great tastes taste great together. That coming together would for a new Bullitt movie.


Deadline has revealed that Spielberg and Cooper have seemingly found their dream project. They are going to team up for a new Frank Bullitt movie—reportedly not a remake of the original—based on the San Francisco detective originally played by one of the coolest men to ever grace the silver screen, Steve McQueen.

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Having looked for a project that would pair them for a while, Steven Spielberg and Bradley Cooper took to each other like a ducks takes to water and they were at first teamed up on Cooper’s new directorial project, Maestro, which Spielberg was originally set to direct until he saw how good Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born was and bowed out (while remaining producer, alongside Martin Scorsese). But it turned out all the pair needed to find the right project was a magic Bullitt.

They’re going to pair on a movie that’s expressly stated to not be a remake of the original (whether or not it’s a reboot or a continuation is anybody’s guess) and the film, also produced by McQueen’s son, Chad and granddaughter Molly McQueen. The film will center on Cooper playing Frank Bullitt, the San Francisco detective based on one of the real-life cops who investigated the Zodiac murders. The film is going to be written by Josh Singer who cut his teeth on The West Wing and recently wrote Spotlight and for Spielberg, The Post.

The character, played by Steve McQueen in the 1968 crime movie classic, was, like Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty” Harry Callahan, based on the San Francisco homicide detective David Toschi (the detective that Mark Ruffalo played in the David Fincher movie, Zodiac). The original film is most famous for an extended car chase in Bullitt’s mustang that sees the detective having to go down San Francisco’s famously winding Lombard Street at a breakneck pace and in cars (unlike those of movies like the Fast and Furious today) not expressly designed for such reckless speed and braking.

The new Bullitt is still in development. The original movie is available on demand.

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Source: Deadline

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