The studio snatched up the as-yet-unpublished book for a “high-six-figure deal” as a starring vehicle for Bradley Cooper. The true story would find Cooper playing a NYPD Captain Tom Tunney:
The book is a true spy thriller set in 1915 when Germany, with war raging in Europe and the U.S. still neutral, decides to send their Secret Service to America to wage a covert war to keep this country from helping the Allies. The Kaiser’s spies bomb factories, sabotage ships, shoot JP Morgan Jr (a financier of the Allies), bomb the U.S. Capitol Building, and set up an anthrax lab six miles from the White House. Cooper is attached to play NYPD Capt Tom Tunney, who’s tasked with establishing the team that will bring these German spies to justice. CIA considers Tunney to be its first head of homeland security, according to the book.
Written by Blum, the book won’t be published by Crown/Random until November 11, 2013.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Cooper has snatched up a book (or had one snatched up for him) with the idea of starring in it. Last year he picked up “American Sniper”, but we haven’t heard about any progress on that one yet. When it comes to the two properties, I’d rather see him sniping people in Iraq than battling Nazis, but maybe that’s just me.
Via : Deadline