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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, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series.” Riiiiiiight.
And of course, they’re planning a movie trilogy. But you probably saw that coming, right? Why concentrate on making a really good movie when you can already sell a trilogy to people. Pish posh! That’s not how Hollywood works, folks.
Pendleton is said to have written 38 volumes of the book series in 11 years, then got ghostwriters to pen the rest. According to Wikipedia, there are over 600 novels starring Bolan since Pendleton started writing him in the late ’60s. Basically, he was James Patterson before there was James Patterson.
Bolan started his fictional life fighting the mafia, before segueing into battling terrorism. I’m guessing that’s where the movie series will go as well.
Via : Deadline