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Clint Eastwood set to replace Steven Spielberg on American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper

Aug. 21, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

American Sniper/Eastwood

Most of you were bummed when it was announced that Steven Spielberg was no longer going to direct AMERICAN SNIPER with Bradley Cooper but according to Twitch, Warner Bros. has found one hell of a replacement: Clint Eastwood. Twitch says that Eastwood has "gotten the nod" to direct and that Cooper is still attached to star and produce the film.

Even with a new director it could be some time before filming starts for AMERICAN SNIPER: Clint Eastwood is getting ready to shoot JERSEY BOYS this fall and Bradley Cooper will be working on Cameron Crowe's untitled project, so the earliest they could work on AMERICAN SNIPER would be after those films are finished.

AMERICAN SNIPER is an adaptation of the autobiography by Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and is about a sniper who over a ten year career accumulates the most kills in Army history. Both Spielberg and Eastwood have experiences with war films, but it'll be interesting to see Eastwood work on one with a more modern setting. It sucks anytime a film loses a legendary and talented director, but I think we can all agree that Clint Eastwood is a fantastic replacement for Steven Spielberg.

Extra Tidbit: I still can't believe Clint Eastwood is directing JERSEY BOYS.
Source: Twitch

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11:55PM on 08/21/2013

Talk about an upgrade!

Nothing against Spielberg but Eastwood's a much better fit, IMO.
Nothing against Spielberg but Eastwood's a much better fit, IMO.
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9:16PM on 08/21/2013

WHOOO HOOO!!!

Clint is versatile I can tell you that. Spielberg always seemed to make family friendly movies which seems to be his only strength.
Clint is versatile I can tell you that. Spielberg always seemed to make family friendly movies which seems to be his only strength.
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8:55PM on 08/21/2013
Bullseye.
Bullseye.
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1:10PM on 08/21/2013
What a great replacement. Others below have already said this, but I think Eastwood might do a better job with this than Spielberg night have.
What a great replacement. Others below have already said this, but I think Eastwood might do a better job with this than Spielberg night have.
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12:49PM on 08/21/2013

lets be honest...

his last 3 directorial efforts sucked (Edgar, Invictus, and Hereafter). It feels like he's been losing his touch but i'm really hope he proves me wrong and delivers again.
his last 3 directorial efforts sucked (Edgar, Invictus, and Hereafter). It feels like he's been losing his touch but i'm really hope he proves me wrong and delivers again.
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12:37PM on 08/21/2013

So clutch.

They couldn't have found a better replacement. Few can find the deeper meaning in violent men better than Clint.
They couldn't have found a better replacement. Few can find the deeper meaning in violent men better than Clint.
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12:31PM on 08/21/2013
Fuck yeah this seems right up his alley, a good replacement it didn't even cross my mind.
Fuck yeah this seems right up his alley, a good replacement it didn't even cross my mind.
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12:18PM on 08/21/2013

American Sniper

That sounds more like the kind of badass filmaking Eastwood should be doing as opposed to Spielberg. not that I'm criticizing him at all but It just sounds right with Eastwood directing.
That sounds more like the kind of badass filmaking Eastwood should be doing as opposed to Spielberg. not that I'm criticizing him at all but It just sounds right with Eastwood directing.
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11:34AM on 08/21/2013
This does seem more up Eastwood's alley.
This does seem more up Eastwood's alley.
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11:22AM on 08/21/2013
This is a great replacement. Clint is an excellent director. Unforgiven is one of the best films I've ever seen.
This is a great replacement. Clint is an excellent director. Unforgiven is one of the best films I've ever seen.
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11:03AM on 08/21/2013
I might be more excited for Eastwood to direct this versus Spielberg.
I might be more excited for Eastwood to direct this versus Spielberg.
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10:46AM on 08/21/2013
I'm not surprised Eastwood is doing Jersey Boys. He's been moving a bit a way from the sorts of films we tend to associate him with as an actor. Which actually makes me more excited about American Sniper.
I'm not surprised Eastwood is doing Jersey Boys. He's been moving a bit a way from the sorts of films we tend to associate him with as an actor. Which actually makes me more excited about American Sniper.
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10:31AM on 08/21/2013

Sweet

Bring on Eastwood! Without being grim - he's not going to be in the director's chair THAT much longer - so each film he can direct is a treat.
Bring on Eastwood! Without being grim - he's not going to be in the director's chair THAT much longer - so each film he can direct is a treat.
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