Warner Brothers closed a preemptive deal Friday night for American Blood, a 50-page book proposal written by Ben Sanders. The proposal was chased by several studios before Adam Kassan and Sean Murphy of Le Grisbi studio brought the proposal to the studio where they were able to close the deal. Bradley Cooper is currently attached to star in the film adaptation. He’s also slated to produce with Kassan under his 22nd & Indiana Films studio. They join John Lesher and Pouyha Shahbazian as producers on the project.
American Blood marks the American debut and fourth overall for the 24-year-old author. He published his debut, The Fallen, in his native New Zealand back in 2010. The plot of the book centers around NYPD officer turned mob informant Marshall Grade, the role that Cooper would be assumed to play in the film adaptation though that’s not confirmed at the moment. He is pulled into a dangerous investigation while on witness relocation in New Mexico.
The movie marks the second one that Cooper has signed on for with Warner Brothers after the World War I cop movie Dark Invasion. The move itself shows off another intriguing movie to look out for in regards to the twice Oscar-nominated star. He is set to star in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, an adaptation of the autobiography of famed Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. He is set to star in another autobiography adaptation, Red Blooded American, about bicyclist Lance Armstrong. He also has the Untitled Cameron Crowe Project with Emma Stone that is set to be released in the U.S. on Christmas Day. He will be first seen though as the voice of the alien Rocket Raccoon in the summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures.
It shows a career trajectory that one would never have surmised when Cooper first gained notice in the first Hangover movie. With these projects, Cooper has set himself up to pick and choose whichever project may strike his fancy without worrying too much about box office grosses. There is the aforementioned Guardians that will likely become a franchise for Paramount, if the pattern for Marvel’s other films such as Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America hold up when it is released August 1st. There are also potential plans by Warner Brothers to make American Blood as the first part of a potential franchise for Cooper. It’s not guaranteed that it will end up precisely that way, however, as we have seen with big Hollywood blockbusters like Green Lantern that the studio had planned to deliver, but ended up denying due to less than stellar box office numbers.
The script’s first draft will be adapted by Andrew Sodrowski, who had one of his scripts listed on the Black List, a high watermark for screenwriters in Hollywood. Sodrowski also has prior experience with Warner Brothers where he wrote Vor V Sakdrone. The book itself is slated to be published by Macmillan in the Fall of 2015.
Editorial By Brian Ault