Steven Spielberg Picks ‘American Sniper’ With Bradley Cooper as His Next Movie

Steven Spielberg
Courtesy of Dreamworks

Pic is set up at Warner Bros.

After taking his time to pick his next directing job, Steven Spielberg decided on Warner Bros.’ “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper.

With sci-fi pic “Robopocalypse” put on hold, Spielberg hadn’t chosen his next project after a long award season campaigning for “Lincoln.”

The news was broken by the Hollywood Reporter.

Jason Hall penned the script about a Navy Seal recounting his military career, which includes more than 150 confirmed kills. Film is 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.

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Spielberg, Cooper, Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan will produce with DreamWorks’ Kristie Macosko Krieger and Adam Somner overseeing on Spielberg’s end. Cooper’s production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures and Lazar’s Mad Chance Productions, optioned the rights to the book a year ago.

“Sniper” will be a a Warner Bros. and DreamWorks Studios co-production.

Spielberg had been looking at a variety of projects including biopic “Gershwin,” which he had been attached to for some time.

He is repped by CAA.

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  1. Eddie Smith says:

    For Jimi Vall Peterson: Read the Book Its one you hate to put down when you get started!!

  2. Even though I’m exited to see what Spielberg makes of it, I was hoping his next project would be more in the adventure-genre :/

  3. interesting to note that there was no mention that Kyle was killed (along with another friend) by PTSD 25-yr-old at a gun range. curious for the lack of mention. Kyle was killed by someone he was trying to help, and his funeral procession (cortege?) ran some 200 miles across Texas with law enforcement participating and general public standing in respect as it passed.

  4. LOL says:

    Gosh, when was the last time Spielberg made anything worth getting excited by? The dude’s incapable of delivering non-saccharine filmmaking, presenting bland portraits every time. He’s even worse when trying to make so-called ‘adult’ stories, his aversion to bleakness getting the better of him always.

    A project like this needs a filmmaker with balls, not some geriatric that digitally removed the guns in ET in favour of walkie-talkies as not to upset his unhardened sensibilities. This movie needs to be helmed by a brother like Nicolas Winding Refn; Spielberg needs to direct another Jurassic Park.

    • If you knew anything you would know that Spielberg did the E.T.-thing after hanging around Lucas too much, and that Spielberg regretted the move and promised the fans to remove this from future releases of E.T.

      People dissin’ Spielberg is ridiculous. Like the guy who made JAWS, Close Encounters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List etc etc is just a “bland” filmmaker.

  5. I really don’t know what to make of this.. I certainly wasn’t hoping that Spielberg’s next would be anything like this. I sincerely hope that the film will criticize the war on terror, but with a title like “American Sniper” I highly doubt it. Though maybe I should read up on the book before being to quick to judge..

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