Steven Spielberg is developing a new project with Warner Bros that’s going to revisit the world of Bullitt.

It has been revealed by Deadline that Steven Spielberg will be turning his attention to a legendary cinematic creation next. That’ll be in the form of Frank Bullitt, a classic movie cop memorably portrayed by Steve McQueen in 1968’s Bullitt, a film that is still remembered for forming the prototype for the modern movie car chase. It’s often said when creators get older that they can spend more time looking backwards than forwards, and that’s something Spielberg seems to be doing of late.

Since 2018’s future-based Ready Player One, the director has tackled a remake of a 1961 film, West Side Story, not to mention his upcoming semi-biographical drama, The Fablemans, which is drawn from his own past.

However, whilst it appears that Spielberg might be dipping into the past once more with this project, reports are stating that this won’t be a remake of the 1968 film. Instead, it will be ‘an original take on the character’. Spielberg is directing and producing the film for Warner Bros, where the rights currently lie. Josh Singer, who penned Spielberg’s The Post, will write the screenplay.

Tellingly, it is not expected to be the next project Spielberg will direct, with the filmmaker’s untitled George Gershwin project also said to be moving along towards production.

The original Bullitt starred McQueen as ‘a San Francisco police lieutenant tasked with protecting a Chicago gangster scheduled to testify against the mob. When the witness is murdered, Bullitt is set on a path to track down the killers.’

Spielberg is currently in contention for a few Oscars for West Side Story, which has garnered several nods, including best director and best picture. Just how soon his take on Bullitt comes to fruition is anybody’s guess, but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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