Steven Spielberg to Direct 'American Sniper' Starring Bradley Cooper
by Ethan Anderton
May 2, 2013
Director Steven Spielberg is going from directing a biopic about the assassinated 16th President of the United States to a movie about a trained marksman. Deadline has word that DreamWorks has set Spielberg to direct American Sniper, a project that has had Bradley Cooper attached since last May and had Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell circling last fall. Cooper is producing the project through his newly established 22nd & Indiana banner and the film is actually based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
Jason Hall, who wrote the forthcoming Paranoia with Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Liam Hemsworth, is behind the script which tells the story of how Kyle racked up the most confirmed kills for an American during his time in the armed forces, and 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 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. The film is said to chronicle Kyle's life from a rodeo cowboy to the SEAL Chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. Sounds like an interesting film for Spielberg to take on after Lincoln, and we'll be sure to keep you posted.