Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg are set for American Sniper

Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg

After dropping out of the very troubled JANE GOT A GUN at the last minute due to “scheduling conflicts”, Bradley Cooper has rebounded nicely by getting Steven Spielberg to direct AMERICAN SNIPER. And if gaining a Spielberg film meant losing Jane, you can see why he would do it. Bradley Cooper originally bought the rights to Chris Kyle’s autobiography almost a year ago, but hasn’t been able to get the project moving. But now that he has The Bearded One set to direct, this should get going quickly as Spielberg is making it his next movie. I guess that means ROBOPOCALYPSE won’t be seeing the light of day any time soon.

For a while, AMERICAN SNIPER was going to be a reunion of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell, with the trio circling the project back in September. But Russell never officially signed on and there’s no word whether or not Jennifer Lawrence is still interested. I would imagine the inclusion of Steven Spielberg would make the project even more attractive than it already was.

The official synopsis: He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared him so much they placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow U.S. warriors, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time. (THR)


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