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Steven Spielberg's next movie will be American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper

May. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Almost one year ago we heard that Bradley Cooper was trying to make a film based on the book AMERICAN SNIPER written by Chris Kyle, the most deadly sniper in Navy SEALS history. Cooper will produce through his own 22nd and Indiana Pictures. Once his SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Oscar nomination hit, Cooper was suddenly much more capable of getting projects off the ground. Most recently he stepped into Jude Law's role in the troubled JANE'S GOT A GUN with Natalie Portman, a part which he has now left as well.

Not to bad of a consolation prize, Cooper has now secured a director for AMERICAN SNIPER and it is none other than Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros. and Dreamworks will co-produce the film which should start shooting this year.

Here's the plot synopsis for the bestselling book:

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, Kyles masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

We all know that Spielberg is very capable of handling drama, action, and war sequences. Cooper has begun to prove his is more than a good looking guy and convinced me with SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES that he definitely earned that Best Actor nomination. I hope this film gets a quality supporting cast and it will be nice to see Spielberg delve into a contemporary set film.

Source: Deadline

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3:46AM on 05/03/2013

Can't wait for this.

They should send a copy to the Middle East. It could be like a propaganda video but actually based on fact. "See here Muslims this is where you end up if you fuck around with America.... On the other end of this guys scope.
This guy is pretty level headed in the interview. Wouldn't mind reading his book.
They should send a copy to the Middle East. It could be like a propaganda video but actually based on fact. "See here Muslims this is where you end up if you fuck around with America.... On the other end of this guys scope.
This guy is pretty level headed in the interview. Wouldn't mind reading his book.
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11:13PM on 05/02/2013
I wouldn't have figured this as a potential Steven Spielberg project and while I really do wish he'd get back to making a fun, big-budget sci-fi blockbuster, this is very worthy material and it will be great to see the master work with Bradley Cooper.
I wouldn't have figured this as a potential Steven Spielberg project and while I really do wish he'd get back to making a fun, big-budget sci-fi blockbuster, this is very worthy material and it will be great to see the master work with Bradley Cooper.
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7:58PM on 05/02/2013
I wish Spielberg would direct at least one sci-fi film before committing to yet another 'true story'.
I wish Spielberg would direct at least one sci-fi film before committing to yet another 'true story'.
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7:14PM on 05/02/2013

Cast this

Will they please cast Jesse "The Body" Ventura as himself, so he can get punched in the face again?
Will they please cast Jesse "The Body" Ventura as himself, so he can get punched in the face again?
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6:50PM on 05/02/2013
Looks like Chris Pratt from Parks And Rec in that freeze frame. lol
Looks like Chris Pratt from Parks And Rec in that freeze frame. lol
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6:35PM on 05/02/2013

"Who wants to send a message to America?"

This reminds me of a 'film with in a film' Fredrick Zoller's Nation's Pride in Inglourious Basterds [link]
This reminds me of a 'film with in a film' Fredrick Zoller's Nation's Pride in Inglourious Basterds [link]
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6:14PM on 05/02/2013
Great pairing! This just shot up on my most anticipated list. Cooper should own in the role considering that he has proved himself to be much more than a "pretty boy".

Also, Cooper should get a Supporting Actor nomination for The Place Beyond The Pines. He was brilliant in it.
Great pairing! This just shot up on my most anticipated list. Cooper should own in the role considering that he has proved himself to be much more than a "pretty boy".

Also, Cooper should get a Supporting Actor nomination for The Place Beyond The Pines. He was brilliant in it.
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6:48PM on 05/02/2013
I wouldn't really say hes been cast as a pretty boy.
He has probably been cast as everything but. From wedding crashers to place beyond the times and midnight meat or the midnight meat train to the a team.

Then again ive enjoyed his worked before he rose to fame through the hangover.
I wouldn't really say hes been cast as a pretty boy.
He has probably been cast as everything but. From wedding crashers to place beyond the times and midnight meat or the midnight meat train to the a team.

Then again ive enjoyed his worked before he rose to fame through the hangover.
6:57PM on 05/02/2013
Yeah. I've been a fan of his since Alias. Before ANYONE knew who he was.
Yeah. I've been a fan of his since Alias. Before ANYONE knew who he was.
12:16AM on 05/03/2013
Ah, Will Tippin. Great character.
Ah, Will Tippin. Great character.
12:26AM on 05/03/2013
Great character and great show. Will was my favorite character.
Great character and great show. Will was my favorite character.
3:58AM on 05/03/2013
I love that episode where he gets tortured by Ric Young who says only about 1 in 5 people survive the torture. Then Will Tippin survives and kicks him and shouts "1 in 5 asshole! 1 in 5!"
I love that episode where he gets tortured by Ric Young who says only about 1 in 5 people survive the torture. Then Will Tippin survives and kicks him and shouts "1 in 5 asshole! 1 in 5!"
10:59PM on 05/03/2013
That was a great episode. Definitely my favorite character on the show.
That was a great episode. Definitely my favorite character on the show.
6:04PM on 05/02/2013

So, we're getting American Sniper instead of Robopocalypse?

Ok, first let me be clear...there's no doubt that I'll be seeing AS in theaters when it arrives (because I love The Beard)..but I just wish he would've got @ least 1 change - of - genre film in before this.

Dear Mr. Spielberg, you've directed intelligent thrillers, historical/thoughtful dramas & hauntingly realistic war epics...Ok, We get it. But ALOT of your fans wish you to return to your science fiction / action-adventure roots & remind us why we love movies in the first place.

(I say
Ok, first let me be clear...there's no doubt that I'll be seeing AS in theaters when it arrives (because I love The Beard)..but I just wish he would've got @ least 1 change - of - genre film in before this.

Dear Mr. Spielberg, you've directed intelligent thrillers, historical/thoughtful dramas & hauntingly realistic war epics...Ok, We get it. But ALOT of your fans wish you to return to your science fiction / action-adventure roots & remind us why we love movies in the first place.

(I say this only because the last 2 good sci - fi / adventure movies he's brought us were 2002's Minority Report & 2011's Tintin...War Of The Worlds & Indy 4 don't even count!)
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12:15AM on 05/03/2013
Only problem I had with War of the Worlds was the cop-out ending.
Only problem I had with War of the Worlds was the cop-out ending.
4:59PM on 05/02/2013
This is great news! I'm glad this is moving forward. Also very excited for Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg at Taylor Kitsch directed by Peter Berg.
This is great news! I'm glad this is moving forward. Also very excited for Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg at Taylor Kitsch directed by Peter Berg.
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4:22PM on 05/02/2013
Wow I'm really looking forward to this.
Wow I'm really looking forward to this.
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4:04PM on 05/02/2013
If 'Playbook' had come out any year he wouldn't have had to compete with Daniel Day Lewis, Cooper would have walked away with that Oscar. But alas he effectively scored 60 points the night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100.

A little surprised to see Spielberg hop on board this thing. Its a good story and curious to see what Steven can bring to the telling of a modern war film.
If 'Playbook' had come out any year he wouldn't have had to compete with Daniel Day Lewis, Cooper would have walked away with that Oscar. But alas he effectively scored 60 points the night Wilt Chamberlain scored 100.

A little surprised to see Spielberg hop on board this thing. Its a good story and curious to see what Steven can bring to the telling of a modern war film.
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