EXCLUSIVE: Hot off his Best Actor Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper has signed on to to star in the English-language remake of Kokowaah at Warner Bros. Cooper and Sheroum Kim are setting up the project through his WB-based 22nd & Indiana shingle. They will shape it as a star vehicle for him and he might well direct the film (it becomes one of several candidates for his feature directing debut). Black List writers Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph are re-writing the screenplay from an earlier draft by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair.
Kokowaah explores the relationship between two men – carefree bachelor Henry and devoted husband and father Trevor–when they are forced to re-evaluate their lives after discovering the reality behind the paternity of Trevor’s 8-year old daughter Maddy.
Kokowaah was Germany’s highest-grossing film of 2011 and the sequel recently opened at number one there.
Cooper will produce and Kim will be exec producer. As actor, he’ll next be seen starring in the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Place Beyond The Pines, and Serena. He’s also developing American Sniper and Dark Invasion, among others. He also stars in Cameron Crowe’s next pic, reteams with Jennifer Lawrence and David O Russell in Sony’s Abscam pic, and he reprises in The Hangover Part III.
The scribes wrote Draft Day, which has Kevin Costner attached to star at Summit/Lionsgate with Ivan Reitman attached to direct and produce through his Montecito Picture Company. Cooper’s repped by CAA as is Rothman. Joseph is represented by Gersh. Rothman and Joseph are also represented by Kaplan Perrone.