Author Don Pendleton introduced Mack Bolan (aka The Executioner) in 1969. Pendleton wrote 37 Mack Bolan novels, sold the rights in 1980, and ghostwriters have produced over 600 books in the ongoing series. Over the years, many of Hollywood’s burliest leading men have angled to play the Vietnam veteran who fights against international terrorism, including Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, and Vin Diesel. But a film adaptation has remained elusive.
Writer Shane Salerno (Savages) is scripting a new attempt, and Warner Bros. has just acquired the Mack Bolan movie rights as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper. Cooper’s Hangover director Todd Phillips is on board to helm the adaptation. More after the jump.