Steven Spielberg is developing an original feature based on Frank Bullitt, the San Francisco cop played by Steve McQueen in the 1968 thriller Bullitt.
Citing anonymous sources, Deadline reported that the new movie won’t simply be a remake but a new story based on the character in the original film.
McQueen’s son and granddaughter, Chad McQueen and Molly McQueen, respectively, will reportedly serve as executive producers. Spielberg is reported to be a producer, along with Kristie Macosko Krieger, while Josh Singer is reported to be penning the script. Singer previously worked with Spielberg on 2017’s The Post.
Frank Bullitt was portrayed as a no-nonsense, cool, and intelligent San Francisco cop who, in the original film, goes after a mob boss who killed a witness he was trying to protect. He takes the law very seriously and, whether it is a wild gunfight or car chase, Bullitt is one of the best there is.
At this minute, Spielberg is in post-production on his next film, The Fabelmans, which is based on his young life living in Arizona and is set to make its debut this Thanksgiving.
Bullitt was also known for its thrilling action, including one of the most iconic car chases in cinema history and its painstaking attempt at realism.
This Bullitt film has been a project that Spielberg has had his eye on for a while now and, because negotiations with McQueen’s estate went on longer than expected, it appeared as if The Beard would not be able to get the film off the ground. However, now that negotiations are done, it looks like Spielberg is making his next dream film a reality.
Spielberg definitely knows how to film a tense chase. His first major movie, 1971’s Duel, was basically one giant chase, and hopefully, he can recreate some of the tension of that film for a chase in the new Bullitt movie.