Steven Spielberg Is Bringing Back Steve McQueen’s Iconic Character Frank Bullitt For New Movie

The original 1968 film featured one of the most famous car chases in film history, with McQueen doing his own driving in a custom Ford Mustang.

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Steven Spielberg is making a new movie about Frank Bullitt, the suave San Francisco cop played by Steve McQueen in the classic 1968 thriller Bullitt, which famously features one of the greatest car chases in cinematic history.

Variety reports that Spotlight scribe Josh Singer is set to write the screenplay, while McQueen’s son Chad McQueen and granddaughter Molly McQueen are executive producing “after a lengthy negotiation process with the McQueen estate to secure the rights to the character.”

Warner Bros., which released the original 1968 Bullitt, will be the studio for Spielberg’s new film, which is “not a remake, but an original story about the character,” arguably McQueen’s most iconic role.

Bullitt, based on the 1963 novel Mute Witness, follows Bullitt’s investigation into the death of a mob informant that he was supposed to protect.

Directed by Peter Yates (Breaking Away), Bullitt features one of the most memorable car chases in movie history (see above) with McQueen famously doing all of his own driving in a modified Ford Mustang.

For more on McQueen’s stylistic legacy, check out his impressive luxury watch collection here.