Bullitt is bona fide American classic. The 1968 movie was directed by Peter Yates and famously stars Steve McQueen as the excellently named Frank Bullitt. It co stars Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset and is based on the 1963 novel Mute Witness by Robert L. Fish, writing under the pseudonym Robert L. Pike.
It is famous for its Lalo Schifrin jazz-inspired score, and its San Francisco based car chase. It won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Frank P. Keller) and received a nomination for Best Sound, while the writers won an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. In 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
In short, it is a big deal.
So now we receive the news that Bradley Cooper has closed a deal to Frank Bullitt in a Steven Spielberg film at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Interestingly, the project is NOT a remake about the cop hunting for a mob kingpin that killed his witness. This is apparently a new and original story featuring the character. Further plot specifics are under wraps, including the time period it will be set in.
Josh Singer is writing with Cooper, Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger producing. This is expected to be Spielberg’s next project now that The Fabelmans has been released. The Fabelmans is generating some serious awards buzz for Spielberg.
Cooper is currently making a Leonard Bernstein biopic called Maestro for Netflix so will potentially move on to Bullit when finished.