Bradley Cooper is having a pretty big year, what with his Oscar nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, his role in one of the year’s best-reviewed films (The Place Beyond The Pines), and of course… The Hangover Part III is coming. Cooper has also gotten into producing and while back he’d gotten involved with the adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle‘s bestselling autobiography. Steven Spielberg is now signing on to direct the film and it looks like Cooper will be taking on the lead role. Click inside to learn more!
The Hollywood Reporter has the story:
Steven Spielberg has found his next directing project: an adaptation of American Sniper, the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, which is set up at Warner Bros.
Bradley Cooper is attached to star and has been developing the project as a producer…
The book, whose complete title is American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, reveals how Texas native Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances.
Kyle made news earlier this year when he tragically was killed at a shooting range by a fellow vet in February.
The book spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at No. 1. Cooper’s production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures, and Mad Chance optioned the rights to the book a year ago.
Sheroum Kim is overseeing for 22nd & Indiana while Jon Berg shepherds for Warner Bros.
Spielberg had been on the hunt for a project since putting his initial follow-up to the award-winning Lincoln, the tentpole Robopocalypse, was put on an indefinite hold.
I haven’t read the book, but I can certainly imagine the movie being all types of epic.
Have any of y’all read the book? I remember hearing about Chris Kyle‘s death earlier this year. Interestingly enough, his widow just spoke out in support of guns at the NRA convention, and talked about her husband’s appreciation for guns.
Again, I think this will certainly make for an interesting tale on the big screen.