A few months ago we reported that Steven Spielberg was to direct Bradley Cooper (also acting as producer) in American Sniper; but now it seems he has officially dropped out of the project. Deadline has reported that Spielberg and DreamWorks have both decided to not be a part of the film. The film was to be a joint venture between DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Warner Bros has remained attached to the film, no doubt they’ll be on the hunt for the next director.
Based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice, the film would tell the story of Kyle, an expert marksman who spread his love for weapons by teaching others how to shoot. Unfortunately, he was recently and tragically gunned down by a fellow discharged vet they had taken to a Texas shooting range to deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder.
Spielberg’s departure is rumored to be because of budgetary constraints.
For those interested, here’s Amazon‘s synopsis for the novel:
Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon.
In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009.
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.