Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper is teaming up with Weston Middleton, who served as his director’s A Star Is Born associate producer, to launch a new production banner. Cooper and Middleton work on a name for their business.
According to Deadline, under the new shingle, the duo will support Hyperion, based on the four-volume series of novels by Dan Simmons.
Hyperion, a project that Cooper has had in the works for a long time, will now be adapted into a feature film at Warner Bros. Pictures and not a limited series at Syfy as it was previously conceived.
Oscar-winning actor Graham King is set to produce the film under his direction at GK Films and will be adapted by Tom Spezialy, the Emmy-winning executive producer behind HBO’s Watchmen limited series.
Published by Bantam Spectra, the Hyperion Cantos series is set 700 years after the death of Old Earth, where the entire galaxy is at war. Seven strangers embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of the temporal tombs of the planet Hyperion, each convinced that they alone hold the key to saving humanity.
There are four books in the series: Hyperion (1989), The Fall of Hyperion (1990), Endymion (1996), and The Rise of Endymion (1997).
While a director search is underway, executive producer Hayley King (Departed) will oversee the project on behalf of GK films.
Cooper had a six-year deal with Todd Phillips and Warner Bros that concluded in 2019 with back-to-back, critically acclaimed commercial films like A star is born and Joker, directed by Joaquin Phoenix.
The actor has a first-look deal with Netflix, where he’s filming his new movie, Maestro about legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, which is in pre-production.