Bradley Cooper is in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ remake of 1937 musical “A Star Is Born,” which would make this his first feature. Cooper, along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk, will also produce this version of William A. Wellman’s Oscar-nominated Tinseltown tale of aging movie star Norman Maine who ushers a hopeful young starlet’s rise to fame while grappling with alcoholism and the near-end of his career.
The film has already been remade twice: first in 1954 with Judy Garland, who was in the hospital during her notorious Oscar snub, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand. Clint Eastwood was attached to this latest remake back in 2011, with Beyonce Knowles in talks to play Esther Blodgett. That fell through and Eastwood shifted to another musical, “Jersey Boys.”
According to THR, Cooper is shopping several projects to direct for Warner Bros. In 2014 he and “Hangover” director Todd Phillips signed a three-picture, first-look deal with the studio through their production company 22 & Indiana Pictures. Cooper’s “American Sniper” netted box office bank to the tune of $528 million worldwide, and his upcoming films include roles in pal David O. Russell’s “Joy,” John Wells’ “Adam Jones” and Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha.” He’ll be producing Phillips’ “Arms and the Dudes” and Warner Bros.’ “Orphan X.”