Four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper is gearing up to make his directorial debut. Deadine has the news, reporting that Cooper is planning to direct as well as potentially star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming remake of A Star is Born. The film was previously in the planning stages with Beyonce set to headline and Clint Eastwood attached to direct. Following Beyonce’s departure from the project in 2012, movement on the feature film seemed to stall. Today’s report suggests, however, that Cooper will not only take over from his American Sniper director, but that tentative plans are to get Beyonce back onto the project.
The new version of A Star is Born will mark the fourth big-screen iteration of the film. William A. Wellman directed the 1937 original with Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The 1954 George Cukor film is probably the best known, starring Judy Garland and James Mason. 1976 saw Frank Pierson tackle an updated version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
Cooper will rewrite the current draft of A Star is Born with previously-attached scribe Will Fetter and and will also serve as a producer alongside Billy Gerber, Basil Iwany and Jon Peters.
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