As you may recall, Steven Spielberg had planned on directing American Sniper with Bradley Cooper set to star in and produce but dropped out earlier this month due to budget restraints. It was reported that Spielberg couldn’t get his vision to align with the budget so he opted out of the project along with DreamWorks. Warner Bros. and Bradley Cooper apparently wasted no time to find a replacement as Deadline reports that Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct the adaptation of Chris Kyle’s autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History based on a script written by Jason Hall (Paranoia).
The book chronicles sniper Chris Kyle who, over a ten-year career, bagged the most kills in Army history. His record led Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head. But for all of his time spent overseas, Kyle’s work put a strain on his marriage and home life. Earlier this year, Chris Kyle made the news when a discharged veteran killed Kyle at a gun range in Texas.
This project would’ve been a great fit for Spielberg but I think Eastwood is certainly a fantastic replacement. Production is expected to begin in early 2014, which reportedly aligns with Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper’s busy schedules. Eastwood is currently working on his film adaptation of the Broadway play Jersey Boys and Bradley Cooper has a starring role in Cameron Crowe’s next film that’s planned to shoot this fall. Do you think Eastwood is a good replacement?