As plans for the film adaptation of Robopocalypse are on indefinite hold due to rewrites, Steven Spielberg has chosen to move on to his next directorial project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg will be directing American Sniper, an adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography. Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper is attached to portray Chris Kyle and will serve as a producer.
The script is based on the novel American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal in U.S. Military History. The book chronicles the story 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.
If the name Chris Kyle seems familiar, that’s because his name was recently in the headlines. A fellow veteran killed Kyle at a gun range in Texas back in February of this year. With Steven Spielberg attached to direct and Bradley Cooper set to portray Chris Kyle, this project has enormous potential.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the autobiography spent a total of 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Bradley Cooper’s production company 22nd and Indiana Pictures optioned the rights to the book last year.
The film will be co-produced by Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. It’s been reported that American Sniper will begin production early next year. Check back for me updates as they come our way.