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Old 02-25-22, 10:30 PM
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Untitled Frank Bullitt Film (D: Spielberg) S: Bradley Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: Even as he juggles an awards-season campaign for West Side Story and post-production on his semi-autobiographical pic The Fablemans, Steven Spielberg looks to be getting that future dance card in order. Sources tell Deadline that he is attached to direct a new original story centered on Frank Bullitt, the iconic character played by Steve McQueen in the 1968 thriller Bullitt. Spielberg will also produce the pic along with Kristie Macosko Krieger, with Josh Singer on board to pen the script. The film is set up at Warner Bros.

Sources do add that with no script and deals being finalized, this would likely not be the next project Spielberg directs.

Sources were adamant 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 kingpin that killed his witness. Considered one of McQueenís more iconic roles, the film delivers one of the most famous car-chase scenes in cinema history.

Insiders say Spielberg had been toying with the idea to direct a film based on the character for some time and came close last year to making it his follow-up to West Side Story, but head to negotiate with the McQueen estate for rights to the character before he would attach as a director. With the negotiations taking longer then expected, Spielberg shifted his focus to directing The Fablemans, the film loosely based on the directorís childhood growing up in Arizona, and moved off of this film.

Once filming wrapped on Fablemans, he circled back to the Bullitt project and recently tapped Singer to pen the script.

Spielberg is already having a good start to the year with West Side Story recently landing seven Oscar nominations, including noms for Best Director and Best Picture. As for The Fablemans, that pic bows this Thanksgiving.
https://deadline.com/2022/02/steven-...in-1234960542/
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re: Untitled Frank Bullitt Film (D: Spielberg) S: Bradley Cooper

Could be interesting, I suppose.

BTW, The Fablemans is a terrible title for his upcoming movie. I hope it gets a title change before itís released.
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Why? This just seems totally unnecessary. McQueen is the whole appeal of the original film. Without him itís just going to be another action film.
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The only actor I can think of who can bring the cool for that character would be Idris Elba.
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Why? This just seems totally unnecessary. McQueen is the whole appeal of the original film. Without him itís just going to be another action film.
... and a lousy one, at that. Why, 42 years on, would "negotiations" with the estate of McQueen be so "difficult"? God, the gall of greed which celeb family members have, even decades and decades after the people are dead. BULLITT is one of the best films of the 1960s. Let's leave it alone, and come up with something original, fresh, and interesting. Spielberg should be doing better. And this is what A-class talent is able to come up with on great "new" ideas for films? Ay, how we've slipped, the mighty have fallen.
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Spielberg had really wanted to work with McQueen on Close Encounters, but McQueen said he couldnít cry on camera so that didnít happen. So that may be one of many reasons for a McQueen connection.

With West Side Story, The Fablemans and this, Spielberg seems to be going back to his early days. Making a movie of a musical he loved since the 50s, telling his childhood stories, and working with an iconic character of an actor he never got a chance to work with himself.
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re: Untitled Frank Bullitt Film (D: Spielberg) S: Bradley Cooper

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Why? This just seems totally unnecessary. McQueen is the whole appeal of the original film. Without him itís just going to be another action film.
Eh. I would have said something similar about West Side Story, but that turned out great.
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And this isnít a remake. Itís a new story with the same character. Just like someone could make a Phillip Marlowe movie without it taking anything away from The Big Sleep. Itís not sacrilege. Would it be weird for another actor to play Jake Gittes or Harry Callahan or Serpico? Yes but if the talented director felt strongly enough about the material, I wouldnít mind that either.

Casting is going to be crucial of course.
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Depending on how old Spielberg wants the character to be, Kevin Costner would be a great choice - I mean, he was essentially doing Steve McQueen in The Bodyguard.
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Use Damian Lewis again.

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I wonder why the McQueen estate has rights to the character in the first place as he didnít write, direct or produce the film. Not saying that itís wrong that his family get compensation for the continuation of a character he embodied and immortalized, just wondering where the legal ownership of the IP came from and how far down that extends with actors who didnít produce their movies.
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Even if itís not a remake whatís the point in doing a pseudo sequel to a decades old film starring an actor whoís long passed? It may as well just be a remake at this point. That would actually make more sense, especially as outside of cinephiles not many of the casual 2022 audience has probably seen, let alone heard of Bullitt.
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re: Untitled Frank Bullitt Film (D: Spielberg) S: Bradley Cooper

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I wonder why the McQueen estate has rights to the character in the first place as he didnít write, direct or produce the film. Not saying that itís wrong that his family get compensation for the continuation of a character he embodied and immortalized, just wondering where the legal ownership of the IP came from and how far down that extends with actors who didnít produce their movies.
It was produced by his production company. They must still have control over his films.
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... and a lousy one, at that. Why, 42 years on, would "negotiations" with the estate of McQueen be so "difficult"? God, the gall of greed which celeb family members have, even decades and decades after the people are dead.
BULLITT is one of the best films of the 1960s. Let's leave it alone, and come up with something original, fresh, and interesting.
Maybe that's what the family had in mind.
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It was produced by his production company. They must still have control over his films.
This is the reason. Glad someone posted it. Warner Bros. released the movie, but it was produced by Solar Productions, which was owned by McQueen.
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As a big fan of the original, I must admit that I am curious. However, I'm not exactly sure what would make this a movie that we haven't seen numerous times before. Aside from the name of the character, wouldn't it just be a film about a hard nosed cop that doesn't take no for an answer and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done?
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I actually like the idea. It's been well over 50 years since Bullitt came out. Half a century is more than enough time to pass to do a new movie based on the same character.

If they keep the character true to what we saw in the McQueen movie, it could be really cool.
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EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg looks to have found his Frank Bullitt as sources tell Deadline Bradley Cooper has closed a deal to play the no-nonsense San Francisco cop in the new original Bullitt story centered on the classic character famously played by Steven McQueen in the 1968 thriller, which is set up at Warner Bros. Cooper will also produce the pic along with Spielberg and his producing partner Kristie Macosko Krieger (marking their second collaboration after Maestro), with Josh Singer on board to pen the script. Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, and granddaughter Molly McQueen will exec produce the new movie.

Sources are adamant 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 kingpin that killed his witness. Considered one of McQueen’s more iconic roles, the film delivers one of the most famous car-chase scenes in cinema history. Sources also add the film is still in development.

While Cooper’s deal only 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 for years to team up on something going all the way back to when the legendary director came close to directing Cooper in American Sniper (Spielberg ultimately moved on and Clint Eastwood stepped in to direct the film). Along the years they have continued to talk about the projects they are developing and it was actually Spielberg who offered Cooper the directing job on Maestro. Spielberg had been developing it for years and he came close to directing himself but after being blown away by Cooper’s A Star Is Born, Spielberg felt Cooper was better suited to not only star in the film but direct the love story as well (Spielberg remains on as a producer of the film along with Macosko Krieger, Martin Scorsese, Fred Berner and Amy Durning).

Cooper is currently in post-production on Maestro, which he also co-wrote, directed, produced and stars 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 been able to combine critical acclaim with box office success. Cooper is repped by Range Media Partners.
https://deadline.com/2022/11/bradley...en-1235168968/
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Bradley Cooper is a solid choice.
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And this isnít a remake. Itís a new story with the same character. Just like someone could make a Phillip Marlowe movie without it taking anything away from The Big Sleep. Itís not sacrilege. Would it be weird for another actor to play Jake Gittes or Harry Callahan or Serpico? Yes but if the talented director felt strongly enough about the material, I wouldnít mind that either.

Casting is going to be crucial of course.
DIE HARD (1988) featured the central character from THE DETECTIVE, another 1968 police movie with an iconic star, so there IS a precedent.
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DIE HARD (1988) featured the central character from THE DETECTIVE, another 1968 police movie with an iconic star, so there IS a precedent.
Sort of. It was the same character in the books but they changed the names for the movies. Frank Sinatra didnít play John McClane in The Detective.
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Sort of. It was the same character in the books but they changed the names for the movies. Frank Sinatra didnít play John McClane in The Detective.
James Bond is the obvious example. Not every movie is based on a specific novel or short story by Fleming, but Bond was a constant for decades and not a one-off , 50 years ago. Anyway, I don't mind a new Bullitt movie. It's a cool character, in a genre that's more or less dead in the movies at least, Bradley Cooper is a solid actor and Spielberg most of the time a great director.
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No car chase = no sale.
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I could see this working with Bradley Cooper. I'm in, as long as it isn't a straight remake.

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