A few weeks ago, Steven Spielberg dropped out of the true war story American Sniper due to budget concerns. Now it appears that actor and producer Bradley Cooper already has a replacement lined up for the passion project–veteran director Clint Eastwood.
The 83 year old Eastwood is no stranger to directing biopics. Five of his last seven films were true stories (Changeling, Invictus, J. Edgar), two of which were war films (Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima). American Sniper is a bit more on the modern end as it follows Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who holds the record for most confirmed kills (over 150) for any sniper in American military history. Kyle, who fought in Iraq until 2009, was tragically killed at a shooting range earlier this year by a fellow veteran with post traumatic stress disorder.
Bradley Cooper obtained the film rights to Kyle’s memoir last June with his production company “22 and Indiana Pictures”. The two became friends since then, and Kyle’s sudden death made the film a passion project for the actor. Cooper can be seen next in David O. Russell’s American Hustle while Eastwood will direct an adaptation of Jersey Boys with Christopher Walken.
American Sniper is eyeing a 2015 release.