Steven Spielberg is developing an original feature film based on the character of San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt, first portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1968 thriller “Bullitt.” Josh Singer (“The Post,” “Spotlight”) will write the script, and Spielberg’s regular collaborator Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce with the director.
McQueen’s son, Chad McQueen, and granddaughter, Molly McQueen, take over as executive producers after a lengthy negotiation process with the McQueen estate to secure the rights to the character. Warner Bros., which released “Bullitt” in 1968, will be the studio for Spielberg’s new film, an original story about arguably McQueen’s most iconic role.
“1963” Mute WitnessBased on the novel ”, “Bullitt” follows Bullitt’s investigation into the death of a mob informant he is tasked with protecting. Directed by Peter Yates (“Breaking Away”), “Bullitt” features one of the most memorable car chase scenes in movie history, with McQueen doing all the driving in a modified Ford Mustang. The film won an Oscar for editing and was also nominated for sound.
There is no script yet for Spielberg to take on the character, and no deals have been made. Therefore, this news will be the producer’s next film after “Fabelmans,” which will be released in November. Spielberg earned two Academy Award nominations for directing and production for her remake of the classic musical “West Side Story,” which was also nominated for film, supporting actress, production design, costume design, cinematography, and sound.