It was revealed last week that “Avatar 4” screenwriter Shane Salerno had picked up the film rights to Don Pendleton’s prolific book series about elite anti-terrorist operative Mack Bolan.
Now, he’s made a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures which will see the project be developed as a starring vehicle for Bradley Cooper to play Bolan and Cooper’s “The Hangover” series director Todd Phillips to helm.
The book series launched 45 years ago with Pendleton penning thirty-eight volumes in just over a decade. Since then ghost writers have taken over the run and the company still publishes a new title monthly with around nine hundred books released and more than 200 million copies in circulation. There’s even four series of spin-off books in release.
The aim is to make a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world PG-13 action-drama film series” with the groundwork for a trilogy laid out. Both Cooper and Phillips will also produce alongside Salerno who is writing the script.