Steven Spielberg is returning to the charged terrain of real-life American events, with the “Lincoln” director announcing Thursday he'll tackle the story of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle as his next directorial project. Bradley Cooper will star as the late Navy SEAL.
The news clears up the uncertainty over Spielberg’s immediate future that arose when he decided not to move forward with the large-scale sci-fi adventure “Robopocalypse” earlier this year. A spokeswoman confirmed the new film, titled "American Sniper," and said it would be based on a script from screenwriter Jason Hall ("Spread") as well as Kyle’s own memoir of the same name.
Cooper, for his part, recently opted not to star in “Jane Got a Gun,” the troubled revenge drama featuring Natalie Portman. The star is currently finishing shooting his follow-up with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell, a movie about the ABSCAM operation and scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s with a similar title to his new film, “American Hustle.”
In addition to Spielberg and Cooper, the movie will be produced by Andrew Lazar ("Get Smart") and Peter Morgan ("Identity Theft")." A co-production between Spielberg and Stacey Snider’s DreamWorks and Warner Bros., the movie will aim to film this winter in an as-yet-unspecified location.