Steven Spielberg to Helm AMERICAN SNIPER Starring Bradley Cooper
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the acclaimed director will direct the film adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography, detailing his time as a Navy SEAL sniper. Bradley Cooper is attached to play Kyle, while also producing for Warner Bros. Jason Hall penned the script.
AMERICAN SNIPER "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."
In February, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by a former war veteran.
For the original report, head on over to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spielberg is one of the entertainment industry's most successful and influential filmmakers and a principal partner of Dreamworks Studios. He is the top-grossing director of all time, having helmed such blockbusters as JAWS, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise and Jurassic Park, earning billions at the box office. He is a three-time Academy Award winner, having won his first two for Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler's List, which received a total of seven Oscars that year. He won his third Oscar for Best Director for the WWII epic drama Saving Private Ryan. It was also one of the year's most honored films, earning four additional Oscars, as well as two Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director. He also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for Munich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Throughout his career he has also earned a staggering eleven DGA Award nominations, making him the most honored member of the DGA. Last year he successfully took on the challenge of working in 3D animation with The Adventures of Tintin, which won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
Last year he also directed War Horse, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Most recently, Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals," with a screenplay by Tony Kushner. The film opened November 9th to critical acclaim and has earned over $145 million at the domestic box office to date. It will release internationally in early 2013.
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