A few days ago we told you about Shane Salerno (co-writer for Avatar 4) picking up the movie rights to Don Pendleton’s ‘The Executioner’ series of books, featuring former anti-Mafia vigilante/guilty pleasure/now elite counter-terrorist agent Mack Bolan. Now Deadline is reporting that a deal has been struck with Warner Bros to launch the character in a potential trilogy of movies, with Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) to lead and Todd Phillips (also The Hangover) to direct. Cooper and Phillips will also produce along with Salerno, who is also writing the script.
Phillips is best known for his comedy work, most notably The Hangover series of movies, so it could be an interesting choice and provide a different take on the action genre while giving the character some much-needed levity. Cooper, fresh off his success as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, is starring in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed biopic American Sniper about the life of former US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – reputed to be the most lethal sniper in American History, with 160 confirmed kills out of a claimed 255. A perfect fit for Bolan who was a sniper during the Vietnam War before starting his crusade(s). In case you were wondering how he would pull off the military/action hero look, here’s a picture of him on the set of American Sniper – pretty much unrecognisable.
It looks like when it comes to anti-terrorism, Jack Bauer has some competition – what a difference a day makes indeed.
Last Updated: August 21, 2014