Steven Spielberg to Direct ‘American Sniper’, Starring Bradley Cooper

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steven spielberg american sniper Steven Spielberg to Direct American Sniper, Starring Bradley Cooper

David O. Russell considered reuniting with his Silver Linings Playbook leading man, Bradley Cooper, on the American Sniper cinematic adaptation last year, but the duo instead ended up collaborating on another film – which is also inspired by real-life events – titled American Hustle. Russell is next planning to move ahead with The Ends of the Earth, which will star SLP‘s Oscar-winning female lead Jennifer Lawrence; however, Cooper is still headlining and developing (as a producer) the American Sniper project for Warner Bros.

Cooper, who recently left the cast for the troubled production on Jane Got a Gun, is now going to work alongside director Steven Spielberg on American Sniper. The multiple Oscar-winning filmmaker has settled on making the autobiographical film his next directing project, in addition to producing.

THR, which has the exclusive, says production on American Sniper is expected to get underway by the first quarter of 2014, possibly with an Oscar-qualifying late 2014 release date in mind. The iconic director had originally planned to be shooting the sci-fi adaptation Robopocalypse by now, but that project was put on indefinite hold due to his concerns about the budget and script.

Spielberg, over the past year, has been rumored to sign on as director for projects varying from the Navy SEAL autobiography adaptation No Easy Day – to a grand-scale, epic treatment of the Moses story, titled Gods and Kings – and, he was (very briefly) speculated to be returning as the director on the Jurassic Park movie franchise for the upcoming fourth installment; that is, before Colin Trevorrow was confirmed as the director for Jurassic Park IV instead.

american sniper bradley cooper Steven Spielberg to Direct American Sniper, Starring Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

The source book, which is titled “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” is an autobiography written by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle – who, in a cruelly-ironic and tragic turn, was killed at a shooting range by a fellow vet earlier this year. He currently holds the record for most confirmed sniper kills in U.S. history (150, officially).

Kyle’s personal story has been adapted for the big screen by Jason Dean Hall, who previously wrote the satirical sex comedy Spread and this summer’s start-studded corporate espionage thriller, Paranoia. Here’s a semi-official synopsis for the American Sniper book:

Kyle’s riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.

Cooper has hit his stride as an actor – after Silver Linings Playbook and The Place Beyond the Pines – and making a film about the demanding nature of the SEAL lifestyle is clearly something Spielberg is passionate about – given that American Sniper is the second project of that ilk which he’s been linked over the past year (along with No Easy Day). No doubt, this is one worth keeping an eye on.


We’ll keep you posted on American Sniper as more information becomes available.

Source: THR

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  1. Very interesting hopeufully its unlike speilbergs recent films tone like

  2. Sounds good. Spielberg is my personal favorite director and Cooper certainly turned a corner acting wise last year in Silver Linings Playbook. Certainly one I’ll be keeping my eye on.

  3. You’ve come a long way, Will Tippin.

    I don’t flock to Spielberg’s projects anymore but I imagine this will be thorough and interesting nevertheless. Hopefully he and the screenwriter remain true to the source material.

    • This is my concern, Jason. Will Hall, and especially Spielberg, remain
      true to the source material which is the very least Chris Kyle deserves.

      I am quite surprised Spielberg elected to do this film and I do wonder
      if he intends to have this story to be as much political as personal.

      • Well-founded concerns to have.
        I’ll leave it at that. :)

        • Yes, we’ll booth leave it there :)

          • damn, “BOTH”

            • Heh. By the way, I watched Notorious. Excellent! Thanks for the recommendation, it was a brilliant film.

              • Say, thanks for letting me know! Very happy to hear you liked it, Jason.
                Brilliant is the word. One of my all-time favs and my favorite Hitchcock.

                • I can see why it would be a favorite. I’ll have to watch more of his films before I could choose but I put it high on the list. Hard to beat Rear Window, though.

                  • My favorite is north by northwest and vertigo

                    • I am due to watch North By Northwest again.
                      Vertigo is another great one as is Rear Widow.

                    • I’ve never watched Vertigo. Yet. North By Northwest is pretty much the one Cary Grant’s known for, isn’t it? The poster is so iconic that tends to be how I remember him.

                    • The British Film Institute’s once a decade
                      poll of critics and academics chose Vertigo
                      the greatest movie of all time for the first
                      time ahead of Citizen Kane (usually first).

                      Vertigo is truly great and haunting with
                      a Kim Novak at her most enchanting.

                    • I seem to recall reading North By Northwest
                      was the biggest box office Hitchcock that
                      starred Cary Grant and it is memorable
                      too being Cary’s last Hitchcock film.

                    • The more I watch Cary Grant’s films the less I like people calling George Clooney ‘the new Cary Grant’.

                    • Right, George Clooney ain’t no Cary Grant.

                      Cary Grant was such a dominant leading man
                      many do not realize how great an actor he really
                      was and he was one of the greatest of all time who
                      was capable of projecting every subtle level of
                      communication Hitchcock wove in his films.

                      George Clooney plays George Clooney.

                    • I think I’m most impressed by Cary Grant’s inflections of comedy in his work. He had genuine charisma.

                    • Olivier thought comedy was the hardest
                      thing for an actor to get right with no
                      margin for error and Grant was one
                      of the masters of comedic art.

                      As for charisma, it’s hard to top Grant.

                  • So many great ones by Alfred.
                    It’s almost not right to choose.

                    • Let us hope they don’t continue ‘reimagining’ works that he made famous. Forgetting Bates Motel, I can’t think of how many variations I’ve seen of Rear Window. I will say that CSI:NY did a pretty good one a few years ago. Sinise made for a credible Jimmy Stewart.

                    • Yes, please, stop mining the master.
                      Bates Motel almost doesn’t count.
                      Not as offended by that one.

                    • Is the series based on the book or the movie?

                    • Bates Motel is “loosely” a prequel to the film
                      but after watching it apart from the identical
                      motel and house setting it really is quite divorced
                      from Hitchcock and a world of its own and I do not
                      get the feeling of appropriation in any way and can
                      accept it in its altered universe not thinking of Psycho.

                    • That tends to be the case with most of the modernized versions of films/TV. That’s what I like about Hannibal and Arrow — they don’t stray far from their sources and they acknowledge the universes in which the characters exist. They both seem more than just studios cashing in on the popularity of past success.

                    • Right, Hannibal is another I like for the same reason.
                      Never caught up to Arrow. I’d probably like that too.

                    • My apologizes for jumping in on your conversation but when I see people talking about Hitchcock I can’t resist.
                      While I agree with you Robert that it almost feels wrong to choose favorites as movie buffs that’s what we do.
                      My favorites…
                      Rear Window. The 1st Hitchcock film I saw and the reason why that I still say Grace Kelly is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen on screen.
                      Shadow of a Doubt
                      Strangers On A Train
                      I could go on and on but that would suck up my day.
                      Another little gem that people forget about but I really appreciate is Rope. It’s not, nor should it be considered one of Hitchcock’s greats but I think that to better understand the innovator that Hitchcock was it’s a must see.

                    • It’s never too late for your input, Kevin.
                      That’s a great list and of course I’ve
                      seen and love them all to be sure.

                      You must love To Catch A Thief.
                      I fell in love with Grace in that one.
                      And I wanted to be like Cary Grant :)

                    • How could I forget to list To Catch a Theif??? Especially because I just re-watched it again a few months ago…
                      Whenever my Netflix DVD queue gets low I just add Hitchcock films so I can watch them again and I hadn’t seen To Catch a Theif in quite a while so it was great seeing it again.
                      Also, any chance you subscribe to Starz/Encore?
                      There’s a channel in the package that shows a lot of Hitchcock’s films and 4 or 5 nights a week they’ll air episodes Alfred Hitchcock Presents. It’s amazing how many stars from that era were on that show. It’s like Law & Order, if you’re an actor today there’s a 90% you’re on that show.

                    • Robert & Kevin–we’re all on the same page with To Catch A Thief. Also, Rope was a fantastic film and proved just what a capable director could do with a limited or contained set. It’s been a while since I’ve watched the remake of Dial ‘M’ For Murder but now I’m tempted. Seeing Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 3 has made me curious about revisiting some of her past works. One of her films that stands out to me, one I think Hitchcock might have enjoyed, was the film she made early in her career called Flesh And Bone with Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan. Good stuff if you’ve not seen it.

                    • Kevin — No I do not subscribe to Starz/Encore but you have given me a reason to look into it. And that television show Alfred presented, I imagine a lot of actors wanted to get in on that because of him. Hitchcock is one director I never tire of watching and I never fail to see something new in every viewing. To Catch A Thief apart from everything else is grand entertainment.

                      Jason — Rope is one I have not seen in a while and I will fire that up too. And you have me curious on the Dial M For Murder remake. I forgot about that and had been curious. Alfred started in silent films, of course, and he never lost the idea of telling the story first with images.

                    • It’s @ 1:15 Saturday afternoon and I wanted to check to see what channel it was and it’s Encore Suspence and low and behold, look what’s on… Rope. 😉

                    • Eerily coincidental, Kevin. Let’s take that as a message of appreciation from Alfred for our appreciation.:D

  4. RIP Chris Myle. It’s really sad that he was killed by another soldier.

    • Tell that to all the innocent people Kyle and his kind murdered.

      • Typical comment from someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about. Show a little respect. Without “his kind” this world would be run by the Hussiens and the bin Ladens and the Kim Jong Ils.
        I respect your right to have your opinion on wars and politics. As a former USMC I fought so you could have them. I simply ask that you show respect to the individuals who put their lives on the line so that you may speak such opinions without being stoned to death for treason.

          • I haven’t forgotten Gunny Hathcock, he may not have as many kills but, some of the shots he made are still talked about in sniper school. Hathcock is a legend, no doubt.

            And as to the other, I’m not just refering to American military. Anyone who willingly puts their life on the line to protect their country deserves respect, regardless of where that may be. Even the “squids”( that’s Navy to all you non-military types). 😉

      • I second every word il princerino just said.

        Everyone Kyle shot in Iraq was trying to harm
        Americans or Iraqis loyal to the new government.

        These were not innocents and no one was murdered.
        Killing the enemy in war results in saving innocent lives.

        Chris Kyle was a hero like all Americans who don the
        uniform and did their duty to defend our country.

        • I love the smell of jingoism in the morning! Haha!

          • Must be that Starbucks coffee.
            Frappuccino does dull the senses.

      • @Cave-ish Man.

        You say his “and his kind murdered.”

        His Kind, anyone who has put on a uniform for the United States. I wore the Uniform of the United States Coast Guard. With that said, as much as you would like to think that US Snipers killed a lot of innocent people.

        I however, have rescued and bought to the United States roughly about 2,500+ people in a 25 year career. When I was stationed in Miami for 5 years. Which is far more than any “Innocents Killed” by snipers.

        FYI. Not all who wear a uniform are murderers as you alluded to.

  5. Spielberg is played out. He should retire from directing like Lucas. Try nurturing new talent.

    • +1. Catch Me If You Can was the last movie of his that I enjoyed.

  6. Might be worth a peek. I’ll watch it when it comes on Netflix.

  7. I hope they don’t water this down. This guy was as pro American, pro doing his job as they come. He never waivered and believed in what he was doing. He saw it as saving American lives every time he pulled the trigger. He was never conflicted. If they do it like then I think readers of the biography won’t have issues but I’m sure members of the Hollywood Left may have a huge issue and see this as a propaganda piece. I think Spielberg has always done right by the military but this takes place in modern times. There can be no hiding behind the “good War”.

  8. Hopefully this is more Munichy and less War Horsey.

    • War Horse was my biggest disappoint at the movies in a long, long time.

  9. Hmm. I respect the service of Chris Kyle.

    But, in all honesty. He has the most kills in a different type of environmental conditions.

    Gunny Sgt Carlos Hathcock was better in a different era, different environment.

    Now before any of you go off on a tangent. Conditions in Iraq are more beneficial to a sniper, then the conditions that Hathcock faced in Vietnam

    • Context is important. Different era, different technology (logistics, weapons).
      More does not necessarily mean better when comparing eras but being
      the best in your era, much like sports, is a valid distinction.

    • Agreed. Gunny Hathcock has pulled off incredible shots in the most unforgiving terrain. He is still the example used to strive for in adaptive shooting techniques in the Marine Corps. sniper school.

  10. Sounds like an American version of ‘Nation’s Pride’ 😛

    • You’re comparison is now famous! I hope you remember writing this.