Bradley Cooper is apparently going for the trifecta for starring in films whose titles begin with the word “American.” He’s nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for American Hustle, his next film is the real-life drama American Sniper, and now he’s attached to star in the crime thriller American Blood. THR reports that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the Ben Sanders novel of the same name, which revolves around a NYPD officer-turned-mob-informant who gets involved with a dangerous investigation concerning a missing woman while living in witness protection in New Mexico. Cooper is attached to star in the potentially franchise-igniting pic with Andrew Sodroski (Holland, Michigan) penning the screenplay. A director has not yet been as it’s still early days on the project; the book doesn’t even hit shelves until Fall 2015.
Hit the jump for more on Cooper’s upcoming slate.
The 2013 Black List has been released. For those unfamiliar, the “Black List” is a list of the most liked unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood, as voted on by over 250 film executives, and past Black List scripts include The Social Network, Saving Mr. Banks, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire. This year’s list includes a few films that are already in development, including Jason Fuchs’ Pan that Joe Wright is directing, and Jason Dean Hall’s American Sniper which has Bradley Cooper attached to star and at one point had Steven Spielberg directing. Topping the list is Holland, Michigan, which will be directed by Errol Morris and stars Naomi Watts.
Hit the jump to read this year’s Black List, which is made up of 72 scripts and also includes two films about the making of Jaws, two films about Mr. Rogers, a movie about Stanley Kubrick directing the fake moon landing, and much more.
Errol Morris is known primarily for directing documentaries, and he’s made some of the best ones of the past 25 years. He even got a guy freed from jail with his magnificent 1988 documentary, The Thin Blue Line. However, Morris does have one non-documentary feature in his filmography: 1991′s The Dark Wind starring Lou Diamond Phillips. Morris will now make a return to the fiction form with Holland, Michigan, “a suburban thriller laced with black humor based on a script by first-timer Andrew Sodroski.” Deadline doesn’t have any other details on the plot, but the production is aiming to begin shooting in the spring.
Morris is also attached to the fiction film, Freezing People Is Easy starring Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, and Paul Rudd. It’s based on a This American Life program about a man who tried to run a homemade cryogenics lab, and it went horribly wrong (click here to listen to the episode). Sadly and ironically, the project is currently in stasis. Morris’ latest documentary, The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld, is currently in post-production. As a side note, Morris co-produced the documentary The Act of Killing, which comes out next week and you should totally see it.