Steven Spielberg Drops Out Of Directing ‘American Sniper’

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For some time, it seemed like the adaptation of Robopocalypse was going to be Steven Spielberg’s follow-up to Lincoln. Shortly after Robopocalypse was delayed, Spielberg planned on directing American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, based on Chris Kyle’s autobiography. Deadline now reports that Spielberg will no longer direct the adaptation.

The script, written by Jason Hall (Paranoia), 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. A discharged veteran killed Kyle at a gun range in Texas back in February of this year.

This project seemed like it would’ve been a perfect fit for Spielberg but supposedly the director couldn’t get his vision to align with the budget so he and DreamWorks decided to drop out, leaving Warner Bros. and Bradley Cooper scrambling to find a new director. As of right now, Cooper is still attached to produce and star in the project. Cooper’s production company 22nd and Indiana Pictures optioned the rights to the book last year. Who do you think should direct the adaptation?

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