For quite a while Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have developing Brian Hegeland’s script, Here There Be Dragon. It appears they’re now really keen to move forward, as Vulture reports Unknown and Orphan helmer Jaume Collet-Serra is in talks to direct, with Bradley Cooper in line to be offered the lead role.
If Cooper does decide to sign on, he’d play real-life Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones (but set before his most famous war exploits). He’s wrongly stripped of his British naval commission and then get hired by a shipping magnate to investigate the disappearance of merchant ships in the Atlantic, with tales that they’re being attacked by a giant squid – although it could be a giant sea serpent at work.
Paul Greengrass & Robert Zemeckis sniffed around the project last summer but since since moved on, as has Brad Bird, who flirted with helming the movie in February.
Collet-Serra was set to helm Warner’s live-action Akira before that got put on hold/shut down. It’s not clear whether that film is completely dead and so they’re giving him Here There Be Dragons instead, or if Akira may still be revived at some point.