EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros closed a preemptive deal Friday night for American Blood, a 50 page proposal for a crime story by New Zealand-based bestselling author Ben Sanders for Macmillan Entertainment. Bradley Cooper is attached to star and produce through his 22nd & Indiana banner. He and cohort Adam Kassan will join Le Grisbi’s John Lesher to produce, along with Pouya Shahbazian through his New Leaf Literary and Media banner.
This is the first of what is planned as a series of novels about Marshall Grade, an undercover NYPD officer turned mob informant. While living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, he is pulled into a dangerous investigation, which causes his past in New York to get wind of his whereabouts. The hope is for Cooper to play Grade. It’s another high profile project for the film shingle run by Cooper, who’s up for an Oscar for his portrayal as the perm-sporting FBI agent in American Hustle. 22nd & Indiana also developed the project about the late sniper Chris Kyle, and Clint Eastwood is directing American Sniper with Cooper playing the marksman.
Macmillan’s Brendan Deneen exec producing. The project was brought in by Adam Kassan and Sean Murphy of Le Grisbi and Sheroum Kim from Cooper’s Warner Bros-based company. The book will be published in fall, 2015 by MacMillan.
The book will be adapted by Andrew Sodroski, whose Holland, Michigan topped the Black List and who also wrote Vor V Zakone for Warner Bros. Several studios chased this hard. Cooper’s repped by CAA, Sodroski by CAA, Principato Young and Myman Greenspan.