Bradley Cooper would retire from acting if he could direct Hyperion

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Dec 15, 2012, 11:18 AM EST

Bradley Cooper is someone we can't get enough of these days, what with his leading-man turn in this year's drug-infused drama Limitless, not to mention a couple of alcohol-driven comedies with the Hangover films. Hey, he was even linked to the Green Lantern role before Ryan Reynolds snagged it up.

Back in May of this year he proved there was a brain behind his roguish good looks, and while appearing on an episode of Charlie Rose, he mentioned that he and a friend wrote a spec script for the Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos novel series.

The Hyperion story is set in the distant future as a space war threatens Hyperion, a planet known for the Time Tombs—large artifacts that can move through time and are guarded by a gruesome monster called the Shrike. Currently there are four novels in the series.

Cooper handed the project to GK Films (who currently has the rights—which, happily for Cooper, are still at Warner Bros.) and he told Rose that he may get a chance to actually write the whole screenplay. Well, now Cooper has updated us all on the status of his writing deal, and he surprised everyone saying that would "retire from acting" to direct.

Hyperion has been a project that has struggled to find life over the past few years. Back in 2008, Scott Derrickson was set to direct Hyperion Cantos for Warner Bros. and GK Films. Derrickson boarded the project with plans to combine the first two Dan Simmons sci-fi novels—Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion—and meld them into one film that would be scripted by Trevor Sands.

Sands' approach wowed executives because of his selective approach to the two novels' multiple points of view in a way that managed to coherently tell the story. That approach fell apart, and until Cooper's interest in the franchise nothing has moved forward. (Cooper is currently in negotiations to reunite with Robert De Niro in the David O. Russell film The Silver Linings Playbook, replacing Mark Wahlberg.)

So what do you think? Is Cooper the one who'll finally get Hyperion to the big screen?

(via Bleeding Cool)