Clint Eastwood To Replace Steven Spielberg On 'American Sniper' Starring Bradley Cooper

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 21, 2013 8:59 AM
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We'll say this...Bradley Cooper sure has embarrassment of talent who want to work with him. The actor has used his "The Hangover" bump to line up projects with a variety of esteemed filmmakers, with Cooper pairing up over the last couple years with Susanne Bier ("Serena"), Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Beyond The Pines"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle") and Cameron Crowe (the upcoming, untitled project that shoots this fall). He was nearly about to cap it all off with Steven Spielberg, who was set to direct "American Sniper" this spring. Just a few months later Spielberg bounced out, but now it seems one legend will replace another.

According to Twitch, Clint Eastwood has "gotten the nod" to helm the movie, with Cooper still attached to produce and star. While we wait for word to come through official type channels, the project will have to stall for both men regardless. Eastwood is gearing up to shoot the musical "Jersey Boys" this fall, while Cooper will be spending that time working on the aforementioned Crowe project. So perhaps once they both wrap up their gigs, they'll team on this? The timing would surely work. 

As for the movie, it's an adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography that tells the story of sniper who, in a ten year career, bagged the most kills in Army history, leading Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head. But for all his success overseas, Kyle's work put a strain on his marriage and home life. War was familiar territory of Spielberg, and so it is for Eastwood too ("Flags Of Our Fathers," "Letters From Iwo Jima") but the more contemporary tale could be an interesting texture.

All told, we'll see how it works out. Is Eastwood a good replacement for Spielberg? Let us know below.

Update: Variety confirms Eastwood is in talks to direct "American Sniper."

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17 Comments

  • Lori | August 28, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    Yes.

  • ITTTY IT | August 24, 2013 8:36 AMReply

    Highly inappropriate to be turning such recent
    figures into Hollywood star turn fiction.
    A solid, investigative documentary --SURE!
    --------but one of Eastwood's predictable demoralization ops? ----NYET!

    Further, WHY is Eastwood continuing to hold
    rank with RED China 'friendly' Hollywood over
    their 6 decades of BALK of 6 decades of milestone
    anniversaries for the now cosmically relevant --------KOREAN WAR?

  • Patrick | August 22, 2013 12:54 PMReply

    I think Eastwood is a WAYYYYY better director for this type of film. And Chris Kyle is one of my heroes. When he got killed it was like no one cared, he is a LEGEND. Hopefully this film will shine some light on this MAN, HUSBAND and PATRIOT.

  • neutral observer | August 22, 2013 8:23 AMReply

    Being directed by a two time Academy Award director ( Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) sure is a bummer.

  • I CAN THINK FOR MYSELF THANKS SCREW THE OSCARS | August 23, 2013 7:55 PM

    Yeah I mean cause Oscars are the best determination of talent...

  • Chris | August 21, 2013 7:06 PMReply

    He is a navy seal sniper. Not an army sniper. If you are going to right an article get your facts straight. He has the most kills in US MILITARY history

  • Chris | August 21, 2013 7:20 PM

    Write*

  • d | August 21, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    At least it won't be about aliens.

  • qw1c64sr | August 21, 2013 4:18 PMReply

    "All told, we'll see how it works out."

    got it

  • Josh | August 21, 2013 4:16 PMReply

    Hank your an idiot. Michael Bay fan I take it.

  • hank | August 21, 2013 4:42 PM

    *you're

    - Hank, "idiot"

  • jOSH | August 21, 2013 4:15 PMReply

    Anyone who hates on Eastwood taking over is plain stupid. Eastwood's movies have a great story to them, with a great them. People now-a-days just want the Michael Bay effect, all special effects and things that go boom. If you want to see a movie that has a great story, watch any of Eastwoods.

  • hank | August 21, 2013 4:41 PM

    Yes, Josh, I agree. "Eastwood's movies have a great story to them, with a great them." I couldn't agree more, Josh. Spoken like a true Eastwood fan.

  • MARY | August 21, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    Republican Eastwood and Bradley Cooper gearing up for another "Hurt Locker"-esque movie that shows that grit and determination of a single soldier in an unjust war....It's unfortunate because Cooper was great in Silver Linings and has real potential to be a shrewd selector of movies. With this one he's going to ultimately hurt his career in the long run.

  • Abele | August 21, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    Ho wrote the script?

  • JOHN | August 22, 2013 7:28 PM

    What?, actors should choose projects based on political affiliations rather artistic preference or personal interest! Lets ostracise people based on agenda and refuse work just because they're conservative in a very liberal industry or vice versa, even though they have proved themselves as artists more than once! Eastwood may have controversial opinions but that comes with the territory in the case of most artists.

  • hank | August 21, 2013 12:38 PMReply

    Eastwood? I'm yawning already.

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