Steven Spielberg drops out of American Sniper

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 August 2013
Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg will no longer be directing 'American Sniper' after deciding he couldn't make his vision work for the film's budget

Steven Spielberg has pulled out of directing 'American Sniper'.

The award-winning filmmaker and his DreamWorks studios have cut ties with the project, which will see Bradley Cooper starring as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as well as producing.

According to, the 'War Horse' director simply couldn't make his vision work with the envisioned budget. Warner Bros. and Cooper are still attached and they are expected to find another director.

Spielberg has been known to drop out of projects in the past, and famously took 11 years to get Oscar-winning film 'Lincoln' the way he wanted.

The script for 'American Sniper' was penned by Jason Hall and is based on Kyle's eponymous memoir 'American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History'. Kyle was a Texas-born shooter with the highest recorded number of sniper kills in the US military at 160 deadly shots.

However, his dedication to his career as a Navy SEAL chief affected his relationship with his wife, and he was tragically killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran he was trying to help deal with his experiences in the military.

American Sniper

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Jake McDorman
  • UK release: 16 January 2015

Eastwood, noted for his kinship with the common soldier, is the ideal director for this true-life drama based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle (Cooper). Cooper continues to be impressive but the film unravels when it shows Kyle's home life, failing to engage with either marital or wider political issues.

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