Steven Spielberg is developing a new film based on ‘Bullitt’.
Deadline reports that the legendary director is attached to helm a new original story centered on Frank Bullitt, the famous character played by Steve McQueen in the 1968 film.
Spielberg will produce the film with Kristie Macosko Krieger with Josh Singer set to write the screenplay.
Insiders are adamant that this isn’t a remake of the original movie but a new idea that focuses on the character.
In the original film, Frank Bullitt is a no-nonsense San Francisco police officer on the hunt for a mob boss who killed his witness. The project is considered one of McQueen’s most famous roles and provides one of the most famous car chases in movie history.
Steve’s son Chad and granddaughter Molly McQueen are to produce the new film.
Spielberg is currently finishing post-production work on “The Fabelmans,” which is slated for release in November.
Plot details remain under wraps, but the film is described as a semi-autobiographical project that draws inspiration from when Spielberg was growing up in Arizona.
The deeply personal nature of the project means that Spielberg co-wrote the screenplay with his frequent collaborator Tony Kushner. This is the director’s first screenplay credit since the 2001 film “AI Artificial Intelligence.”
Spielberg has often talked about how his upbringing in Arizona inspired many of his films – from stories to characters. The project will mark the first time viewers will have the opportunity to get perspective on the filmmaker behind blockbusters such as “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Indiana Jones” franchise.