2013 Aug 05

Steven Spielberg leaves “American Sniper”

THR is reporting that Steven Spielberg dropped out of “American Sniper“. Bradley is currently attached to star.

Steven Spielberg will not direct American Sniper, the film adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

In early May, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news that the Lincoln director’s next project would be American Sniper, which is set up at Warner Bros.

After Spielberg came on board, DreamWorks joined Warner Bros. to co-produce the film, written by Jason Hall (Spread). DreamWorks will drop out of co-producing now that Spielberg has moved on. A source confirmed that Spielberg’s vision for the film did not align with Warner Bros.’ planned budget.

Bradley Cooper is attached to star and has been developing the project as a producer.

The film is an adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. It reveals how Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances.

Kyle was killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran in February.