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Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Mack Bolan book series written by Don Pendleton. The stories revolve around the Bolan character, who is an anti-terrorist operative. The studio is looking to build it as a starring vehicle for Bradley Cooper, and they also want Todd Phillips to come on board to direct it — Cooper and Phillips worked together on the Hangover films. The film will be written by Shane Salerno as soon as he's finished with James Cameron's Avatar 4.
According to Deadline, Salerno said his goal is to make a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series" with the elite commando Bolan as its catalyst for a trilogy. This could be a big action franchise for Cooper, who recently played Navy Seal Chris Kyle in the Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper.
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- Joey Paur
A handful of the most famous actors in Hollywood are gearing up for their next projects. It looks like Johnny Depp is making a comic book with Kevin Smith. Meanwhile, Mark Wahlberg will try to keep the Bp oil rig from exploding in Deepwater Horizon. And Bradley Cooper will get to be the star of his own action franchise, potentially. More on the casting bits below.
Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are making a movie a together. According to THR, Smith will direct the comic book movie Yoga Hosers, which will star Depp. Interestingly enough, the movie will feature the daughters of Depp and Smith, Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith. Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein are also set to star, along with Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyer Posey and Jason Mewes. Hosers tells the story of »
- Laura Frances
• Mark Wahlberg may star in the Bp oil rig explosion film Deepwater Horizon from All Is Lost director J.C. Chandor. The movie is adapted from The New York Times article “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour” and is based on the true story of the men who worked on the rig in the Gulf of Mexico when it exploded in 2010, causing one of the worst oil spills in history. Wahlberg would play the No. 2 manager on site. Matthew Michael Carnahan (World War Z) has adapted the latest draft based on an original version written by Matthew Sand. [Deadline]
• Warner Bros. has acquired »
- Jake Perlman
Although Bradley Cooper was not physically onscreen during this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the feisty and volatile Rocket Raccoon, his role voicing the smallest defender of the universe put him squarely on the path to becoming a bonafide action star. That raccoon knew what he was doing around a ray gun. And no, starring in the 2010 reboot of The A-Team definitely does not count. Cooper has never been an actor who has sat idly in his roles, picking parts that run the gamut from comedy, to romance, to drama and satire; it’s a natural progression that transforming into an action star would be next. Warner Bros. has a plan, acquiring the book rights to Mack Bolan, a character created by Don Pendleton, to create a starring vehicle for Cooper. The author chronicled Bolan in 37 novels often referred to as “The Mafia Wars,” but ghostwriters kept him alive in hundred of other serializations over »
- Samantha Wilson
Not even a week ago, we brought you the news that Avatar 4 screenwriter Shane Salerno was developing a big budget action franchise based on the 600+ volume pulp novel series The Executioner. Well, now we have a studio, a star, and a potential director linked to the adventures of Mack Bolan. According to Deadline, Warner Bros has picked up the film which will be produced by Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips who may star and direct it, respectively. Cooper, who has recently starred in »
- Alex Maidy
You might not know the name Mack Bolan, but the secret agent has been the hero of more than 600 novels. Yeah, that's right. And you thought James Bond was prolific. But while 007 has been tearing it up in 30-some movies based on the Ian Fleming books, Mack Bolan has struggled for decades to make to the big screen. But at long last it looks like this storied spy will get there, thanks to Bradley Cooper. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has secured the rights to Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan book series, buying them from screenwriter/producer Shane Salerno. From here, the studio is developing a vehicle for two-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who is also set to co-produce the pic. Cooper will share producing duties with Salerno as well as Todd Phillips, his director in The Hangover I, II & III. Phillips could ultimately helm this Cooper movie too. Mack Bolan »
Don Pendleton’s anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan may finally be making his way to the big screen, after decades of failed attempts, now that Warner Bros. has acquired rights to the novel series and is developing it as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper, with that actor’s Hangover helmer Todd Phillips potentially directing.
Shane Salerno, who is co-writing Avatar 4, acquired the rights to the iconic character from Pendleton’s estate. He’s set to pen the script for a Mack Bolan film as well as produce. The project will be Salerno’s next, as soon as he finishes up the Avatar fourquel with James Cameron. Days ago, he said that his goal with Mack Bolan was to create a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series,” with that character as the star of an initial trilogy.
Pendleton wrote 38 Mack Bolan books before handing the series over »
- Isaac Feldberg
Coming off killing terrorists as real-life Navy Seal Chris Kyle in “American Sniper,” Bradley Cooper is continuing his terrorist killing streak by playing the fictional Mack Bolan for Warner bros. The deal for the Don Pendleton series of novels is courtesy of Warner Bros., who is said to have acquired the character for a cool 7-figures to have Cooper produce and possibly star, with “The Hangover’s” Todd Phillips possibly in the director’s chair. Oh come on, you know Cooper is starring in this thing. You don’t shell out 7-figures to buy the movie rights to a book series without the actor already promising you he’ll star in it. That is, unless Cooper’s star fades in a few years, then I can see Warner ditching him and not the other way around. Anyways, “Avatar” writer Shane Salerno is penning the script, and promises a “relevant, grounded and gritty, »
Everyone from Steve McQueen to Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood and Vin Diesel have been attached to a big screen adaptation of Mack Bolan (a.k.a. The Executioner) over the years, but a movie featuring the character who was introduced by author Don Pendleton in 1969 has never actually happened.
Pendleton wrote 37 novels in the series, while over 600 have since been produced by ghost writers. That gives any filmmaker a lot of material to work with, and it now appears as if it’s finally moving ahead.
Warner Bros. have hired Shane Salerno (Savages, Avatar 4) to pen the screenplay, with The Hangover’s Todd Phillips attached to direct. The project is being lined up for Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) to play the titular character, and the plan is for Salerno’s script to be the first in a trilogy.
Salerno, Phillips, and Cooper are all set to produce this adaptation of Mack Bolan as well. »
- Josh Wilding
Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan novel series with Bradley Cooper potentially starring as the protagonist. He will be re-teaming with The Hangover director Todd Phillips if the deal comes together.
Mack Bolan is the main character in a series of novels written by author Don Pendleton. The character was an expert sniper with over 90 kills to his record, earning him the nickname "The Executioner". He made his first appearance on the printed page in 1969's War Against the Mafia. The author wrote 37 other novels featuring the Mack Bolan character.
The author's wife, Linda Pendleton, explains the inspiration behind the novels.
"Don wrote the first novel in the series, War Against the Mafia out of his desire to express his discomfort with the reaction of many Americans to our soldiers who were dying for our country in the jungles of Vietnam and those »
In case you didn't know, after working on The Hangover trilogy together, Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips have formed their own production label at Warner Bros., and they're not wasting anytime lining up projects for the big screen. Deadline reports the studio has acquired Don Pendleton's book series featuring recurring anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan and will develop the film as a vehicle for Cooper to lead and Phillips to potentially direct as well. Avatar sequel writer Shane Salerno, who had the rights to the series from Pendleton's estate, will produce the film with the duo, in addition to writing the script. More below! There are 38 books featuring Bolan, written by Pendleton himself, that were published over 11 years. Then the author supervised a group of ghostwriters who were tasked with writing two books per month when the series was at its highest point in popularity. New books are published every »
- Ethan Anderton
Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper continue to bro out in a big way. The two are producing the director's next film, "Arms & The Dudes," recently picked up the rights to Evan Ratliff's The Atavist article "A Thousand Pounds Of Dynamite," and today have announced they'll bring to life Don Pendelton's paperback action star Mack Bolan. Phillips will direct and Cooper will star. Shane Salerno ("Savages," "Avatar 4") is writing the script about the elite commando dude, but production will only start once his work on James Cameron's series is done. And oh yeah, this will be a PG-13 effort all the way. [Deadline] Keanu Reeves will star in the TV series "Rain," based on the work of writer Barry Eisler. Reeves takes the lead role of "John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who struggles to find an identity beyond being a killer" in addition to producing the show. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Pendleton wrote 38 volumes in 11 years before selling the rights to Worldwide Library.
He supervised a group of ghost writers who generated two books per month when the series was at its peak. Publisher Gold Eagle still publishes 12 new books every year.
He will produce Mack Bolan with »
According to Deadline, Warner Brothers has made a preemptive seven-figure deal to acquire the rights to Don Pendleton’s The Executioner novel series, in order to develop a franchise around the character Mack Bolan for Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) to play.
Mack Bolan has been the subject of over 600 novels, beginning in 1969. Pendleton himself only wrote thrity-seven novels featuring the anti-terrorist operative, before selling the rights in 1980 to Gold Eagle, who commissioned ghost writers to continue the series.
Described as “a principled warrior fighting larger-than-life adversaries in the spirit of a tougher American version of James Bond,” Bolan became an expert sniper and earned the nickname The Executioner while in Vietnam as a Green Beret (a detail left out of the contemporary novels, in order to maintain continuity and to keep Bolan from getting too old).
- James Garcia
Just days ago the news broke that Avatar writer Shane Salerno had bought the rights to the Mack Bolan books and was hoping to recruit a director and star to sell the whole package to a major studio. Well, he clearly works fast, because Warner Bros has snapped up the lot with producing partners Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips aboard to potentially star and direct, respectively.The books, of which there are over 600 written over 45 years, follow a Vietnam Green Beret and sniper expert who declares war on the Mafia on his return home, after finding that they have torn his family apart. Originally created by Don Pendleton, he's a ludicrously heroic man of action, a sort of American James Bond, with the emphasis more on military know-how than spying skills. The books have gradually moved away from that aging Vietnam origin, however, so expect any film to do the »
After his award worthy performance as a raccoon, Bradley Cooper looks set to possibly ignite his own franchise as the character of Mack Bolan. Bolan, also known as The Executioner, has appeared in over 600 novels since his first appearance in 1969. Created by author Don Pendleton, Bolan travels the world fighting terrorists, and has also taken on the Kgb and the Mafia. Todd Phillips, whom Cooper worked with on The Hangover trilogy, is set to direct, which may suggest a more comical tone given his track record.
There’s certainly a lot of material to take from, and Shane Salerno is the one responsible for coming up with a script. Salerno wrote Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem and is on board to pen Avatar 4. Cooper is no stranger to action, having been one of the titular The A-team and recently finished work of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper. Exciting stuff, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Currently on the big screen as the voice of Rocket in James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, Bradley Cooper has lined up a new potential franchise in Mack Bolan. Cooper is set to headline a feature film based on the Don Pendleton character and, according to a story today at Deadline, he's going to be re-teaming with his The Hangover trilogy director Todd Phillips to do it. »
Technically, Bradley Cooper already has an action franchise in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. But that one really only makes use of his voice. Now he’s booked a series that’ll utilize the rest of him. Cooper is set to reunite with his Hangover director Todd Phillips for a Mack Bolan movie, based on the series of […]
- Angie Han
For the second time in one week, Warner Bros. has shelled out big bucks for a project that will be produced by its “Hangover” duo Todd Phillips and Bradley Cooper, as the studio has made a pre-emptive deal for Don Pendleton's popular Mack Bolan book series, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap. Cooper and Phillips will produce the film through their new Warner Bros.-based production company and it will be developed as a possible directing vehicle for Phillips, who has been looking to showcase his skills outside the comedy genre for the last several years. »
- Jeff Sneider
Now, he's made a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures which will see the project be developed as a starring vehicle for Bradley Cooper to play Bolan and Cooper's "The Hangover" series director Todd Phillips to helm.
The book series launched 45 years ago with Pendleton penning thirty-eight volumes in just over a decade. Since then ghost writers have taken over the run and the company still publishes a new title monthly with around nine hundred books released and more than 200 million copies in circulation. There's even four series of spin-off books in release.
The aim is to make a "relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world PG-13 action-drama film series" with the groundwork for a trilogy laid out. Both Cooper and Phillips will »
- Garth Franklin
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