Steven Spielberg to direct "American Sniper"

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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