Steven Spielberg Exits AMERICAN SNIPER; DreamWorks Also Drops Out

     August 5, 2013


When last we reported on American Sniper, Steven Spielberg was set to direct Bradley Cooper as Texas Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who has recorded the highest number of sniper kills for an American soldier.  The film was set up to be a co-production of Warner Bros. and DreamWorks, but now Spielberg and DreamWorks have exited the picture, leaving WB free to seek another director.  The latest report cites an inability of Spielberg to line his vision for the film up with its allotted budget.  Cooper, who remains attached to star as of this writing, is also a producer on the picture.  Hit the jump for more.

Deadline reports that Spielberg and DreamWorks will no longer be involved with American Sniper.  Recently, Spielberg put another planned adaptation on the shelf for an indefinite period of time.  The film in question was an interpretation of the Daniel H. Wilson sci-fi novel, Robopocalypse.  The reason for that delay was apparently a wish on Spielberg’s part not to rush the project into production before it was ready.  While progress on Robopocalypse has been assured, it looks like American Sniper will have to find a new helmer before moving forward.

american-sniper-book-coverHere’s a synopsis for American Sniper:

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 Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, 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.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell. [Amazon]

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