Bradley Cooper Looks to Direct and Star in 'A Star is Born' Remake
A remake of the 1954 musical A Star is Born (which itself was a remake of the 1937 film of the same name) has been percolating since 2011. Last we heard, Clint Eastwood was going to direct the film and Beyonce was still attached to the female lead role in the project situated at Warner Bros. Pictures. But back in 2011, the chart-topping singer got pregnant, and that delayed the film for the time being. But it's been years since that happened, so it's time to get the project back on track. However, it looks like the director will actually be Eastwood's recent American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, aiming to make his debut behind the camera.
Deadline reports Cooper is now in talks for the directing gig, and the studio is also hoping that he will star in the film. Cooper actually had an offer for the film back in 2012 when Eastwood was still directing, and it looks like the studio finally convinced him to get on board. However, because it's been so long, Warner Bros. now has to circle back around to Beyonce to get her back involved with the project. In the meantime, Cooper will work on a new draft of the script with Will Fetters, the scribe behind the most recent pass of the remake, and hopes to tackle this flick after he's done working on stage in The Elephant Man.
For those unfamiliar, A Star is Born follows focuses a rising starlet as her husband begins to see his career falling away from him, which creates more than a few problems for their relationship. Having a big star like Cooper teamed up with Beyonce would make for some big box office bucks, but this project has seen countless iterations over the years. Names like Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Christian Bale, Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise have flirted with the project, but never stuck. However, with Cooper directing and producing, there's a good chance that this one could actually work out.