If you’re a fan of the Ford Mustang, cinematic car chase scenes, or just cars in general, chances are good you’re at least passingly familiar with the 1968 film Bullitt. Starring the late Steve McQueen as Detective Frank Bullitt, the film is best remembered for containing one of the all-time great car chase scenes, in which Bullitt’s iconic Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback goes ripping through the hills of San Francisco, trying to run down some baddies in a black 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440.
Whether you have fond memories of that film, or you’ve never seen it but you have a soft spot for the three different generations of commemorative Bullitt Mustang models that Ford has produced since 2001, we’ve got good news for you: Detective Frank Bullitt is reportedly making a return to the silver screen. According to Deadline Hollywood, Steven Spielberg has been selected to direct a new, original movie centered on the character. Josh Singer, best known for writing 2015’s Spotlight and the 2017 film The Post, is attached to pen the new screenplay.
While we don’t actually know whether the original film’s iconic Highland Green Ford Mustang will make an appearance in the new movie, it seems utterly unlikely that it wouldn’t. There’s been renewed interest in the car ever since one of the examples used in filming resurfaced suddenly several years ago, following decades of obscurity. In early 2020, it became the most valuable Mustang ever sold, fetching a cool $3.7 million at auction after spending some years getting a full mechanical restoration and touring the country.
The car, in short, is a much bigger draw for the public than the character of Detective Frank Bullitt himself.
Now, don’t go getting your hopes up at the thought of seeing a new Bullitt movie any time soon. The project reportedly still doesn’t have a script, and details are still being finalized, so this film is probably a few years away yet. What’s more, Hollywood often gives project the green light, only to pull the plug months or years down the road if producers decide the film isn’t viable, so there are no guarantees here.
Still, we can hope.
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Could the car be a 2019 Bullitt Mustang
It will probably be an autonomous Mach-E.