Will play the titular crime-fighting vigilante…

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to pulp writer Don Pendleton’s popular Mack Bolan book series, with plans for a big screen action franchise starring Bradley Cooper.

Screenwriter Shane Salerno (‘Savages’) is on board to provide the script, and according to Deadline, he is aiming to make a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world PG-13 action-drama film series.”

While there have been different Bolan incarnations over the past half-century, the current and most popular features Bolan as an elite anti-terrorist operator, answerable only to the White House, who handles missions beyond the capability of the CIA.

Cooper will produce the film with his ‘Hangover’ writer-director Todd Phillips, who is rumoured to be stepping behind the camera to direct the action thriller.

Pendleton’s series has been associated with such major stars as Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Vin Diesel and several Oscar-winning filmmakers, but no film has ever been made.