American Sniper, based on the true story of Chris Kyle, might have found its new director.
Clint Eastwood has set his sights on a brand new directing project. The action star is in talks for American Snyper, which sounds quite appropriate, given his affinity for guns on screen. The movie will be adapted from the autobiography of former navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The book, full title American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History tells the story of Kyle’s career as a sniper and how he came to have the most kills on record by an American sniper in history.
The studio reportedly wants Eastwood to direct.
The project was formerly set to be directed by Steven Spielberg, however the legendary director dropped the film after he and the studio could not reach an agreement on the budget. The Hollywood Reporter, which originally reported Eastwood’s potential appointment, notes that it would put him on a tight schedule, with filming of Jersey Boys, the adaptation of the Broadway musical, which he is also directing, about to kick off.
Spielberg was too expensive.
So far, very little information has been released about American Snyper, apart for its release slated for 2015. The only known cast member is Bradley Cooper, who may or may not portray Kyle on screen. Negotiations with the actor have only recently been completed. Cooper has also received a producer’s credit for the film. Because of the actor’s numerous commitments and Eastwood’s own tight schedule, filming will have to begin early in 2014. However, Eastwood is known for his fast shoots, so reports are that the studio isn’t worried about scheduling.
Bradley Cooper will star or at least appear in as well as produce the film.