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Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg unite for American Sniper

Bradley Cooper

Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg is to make American Sniper his next directing project.

The film will unite him with actor Bradley Cooper, who has also been developing the project as a producer.

An adaptation of the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (fully entitled American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History), the film will chronicle how the Texas native came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American.

The book spent 18 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 13 weeks at No. 1 after receiving widespread praise from critics for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a sniper who shoots from far and close distances.

Cooper’s production company, 22nd & Indiana Pictures, and Mad Chance optioned the rights to the book a year ago.

Spielberg has been looking for a new project since Robopocalypse was put on an indefinite hold.

American Sniper will now mark his follow-up to the Oscar-winning Lincoln.

Shooting is due to begin in the first part of 2014 and will be based on a script by Jason Hall.

Cooper made news earlier today when he announced his withdrawl from troubled Natalie Portman western Jane Got A Gun owing to scheduling conflicts with new David O Russell film American Hustle.

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