WB Wants Bradley Cooper for “The Man From Primrose Lane”

Bradley Cooper gets his shot at the crime genre.

Good news for fans of crime novels, as another is headed for the big screen. Deadline reports that Warner Brothers has bought the rights to “The Man From Primrose Lane” by James Renner in order to develop it as a star vehicle for Bradley Cooper. Chad Feehan will write the adaptation; no director has been announced yet.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

In West Akron, Ohio, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known as the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day, someone murdered him.

Fast-forward four years. David Neff, the bestselling author of a true-crime book about an Ohio serial killer, is a broken man after his wife’s inexplicable suicide. When an unexpected visit from an old friend introduces him to the strange mystery of “the man with a thousand mittens,” David decides to investigate. What he finds draws him back into a world he thought he had left behind forever. And the closer David gets to uncovering the true identity of the Man from Primrose Lane, the more he begins to understand the dangerous power of his own obsessions and how they may be connected to the deaths of both the old hermit and his beloved wife.

Well…it sounds like I would be a lot more excited about playing Lance Armstrong if I were Cooper, but audiences love those murder mysteries. I should also note that the last time Cooper played a writer (in “The Words”) it flopped. Hmm.

Cooper is nominated for an Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” will be seen later this year in “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “The Hangover Part III.” He’s completed “Serena,” but that doesn’t seem to have a release date yet. He’s also booked for David O. Russell’s “Untitled Abscam Project,” formerly known as “American Bullshit.”

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