Clint Eastwood Replaces Steven Spielberg on ‘American Sniper’

By August 21, 2013

Clint Eastwood

For a while there, it seemed as if Steven Spielberg was zeroed in on directing American Sniper, a film adaptation of the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a soldier who has the most confirmed kills of any sniper in U.S. history but died tragically on American soil after returning from war. Spielberg ended up bailing on the project, but Bradley Cooper – who was in talks to produce and star in the drama – remained on board.

Now Twitch is reporting that Warner Bros. has found another A-list director to take over the recently-vacated position: Clint Eastwood. The 83-year-old multi-hyphenate is familiar with films dealing with war and its effects on the human psyche, having directed Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, as well as dealing with the dramatic consequences of war in movies ranging from his classic westerns like The Outlaw Josey Wales to Unforgiven to Gran Torino.

I’m intrigued at the possibility of Eastwood working with Cooper for the first time, and I’m wondering how the director’s famously rapid shooting style will affect Cooper’s performance. This project is really staying alive because it’s a passion project for the Silver Linings Playbook star; he’s executive produced a few movies before, but this will be his first true producing credit and he’s been wanting to tackle this for quite some time. The story seems like just the kind of small-scale project Eastwood will want after directing the musical Jersey Boys. No word yet on a start date for this one, but we’ll keep you in the loop.

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