Ben Sanders’ upcoming novel “American Blood” sounds like the quintessential crime thriller. The protagonist, Marshall Grade, is an NYPD officer who is forced to enter a witness protection program in New Mexico after he becomes a mob informant, but is tempted out of lying low by an investigation into a missing woman. Despite the title, Sanders himself is actually a young New Zealand author who published his first novel, “The Fallen,” at just 20 years old.
Other than the basic synopsis we can’t tell you much about Sanders’ novel, since it’s not yet been published, but the story must have made for a powerful movie pitch as Warner Bros. has just acquired the film rights after at least one other film studio and a number of TV companies also expressed an interest in it.
According to the report by THR, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) is attached to star in American Blood (we’re going to guess that he’s playing Marshall), and the novel will be adapted for the screen by newcomer Andrew Sodroski. John Lesher and Adam Kassan (End of Watch) will produce the film, but there’s no director attached at this point.
Cooper has been nominated for an Academy Award this year after his performance in American Hustle, and has also made his first foray into the comic book movie universe as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He seems to be pretty fond of projects with the word “America” in them right now, as his next project is Clint Eastwood’s historical drama American Sniper.
With a well-known star like Cooper anchoring it, American Blood sounds like it could be a powerful story, so long as Warner Bros. puts it in the hands of the right director.
We’ll keep you updated on American Blood as development continues.