Steven Spielberg Drops Directing Bradley Cooper in 'American Sniper'
by Ethan Anderton
August 5, 2013
Following news at the beginning of the year that Steven Spielberg was delaying his adaptation of Robopocalypse, the director and his DreamWorks banner decided to join Warner Bros. in a co-production of American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper. The film is based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History with a script from Jason Hall, who wrote the forthcoming Paranoia with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman is adapting the story of how Kyle racked up the most confirmed kills for an American during his time in the armed forces. However, the project now needs a new director as Deadline reports Spielberg has dropped out. Read on!
Supposedly, Spielberg just couldn't get his vision lined up with the budget, so he and DreamWorks decided to let Warner Bros. and producer Bradley Cooper find a new director. The drama certainly packs a punch as the story of his success as a sniper is punctuated with passages from Kyle's wife detailing how his affections turned from her to the SEALs and the war. Kyle was a man passionate abouout weaponry and marksmanship and spent his time teaching others how to shoot, but he met his end when a fellow discharged veteran gunned him down at a Texas shooting range.
As for Spielberg's next move, Robopocalypse won't be his next project, and now we're left wondering what the director will do next. Recently, Spielberg was said to be interested in another script from Hall, an adaptation of Thank You for Your Service, David Finkel's book which dives into the psychology of war and examines veterans returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. There were rumblings that Spielberg wanted Daniel Day-Lewis for that role though, and the actor had talked about taking a break from acting for awhile again after making Lincoln. We'll have to wait and see what Spielberg does next.