While Steven Spielberg is getting for the Oscars, he’s already lining up a future film project at Amblin and Warner Bros. as the filmmaker is looking to direct a brand new film focusing on Steve McQueen’s iconic 1960s cop Frank Bullitt.
Deadline reports the project isn’t simply a reboot of the original film Bullitt but seemingly is a continuation with Spotlight screenwriter Josh Singer tackling the script, it also has the blessing of the McQueen family. Although, it’s not mentioned who will be taking over the role from McQueen.
A lot of people are rooting for Canadian actor Ryan Gosling after his role as the quiet but deadly getaway driver in Nicholas Winding Refn’s neo-noir film Drive, but I wouldn’t rule out an older seasoned veteran like Oscar-winner Brad Pitt (Ounce Upon A Time In Hollywood) being considered.
When the news broke, folks seemed to be puzzled that Spielberg would want to tackle an action-focused cop thriller. Despite his credits including things like Saving Private Ryan, Munich, four Indiana Jones installments, and Minority Report proving the director has the chops to handle the action side of things.
If you’re unfamiliar with the original film, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Senator Walter Chalmers is aiming to take down mob boss Pete Ross with the help of testimony from the criminal’s hothead brother Johnny, who is in protective custody in San Francisco under the watch of police lieutenant Frank Bullitt. When a pair of mob hitmen enter the scene, Bullitt follows their trail through a maze of complications and double-crosses. This thriller includes one of the most famous car chases ever filmed.