Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save up to 63%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys Offer New Clues To The Film
And Kylo Ren talks at last...
Straight Outta Compton Sequel To Focus On Death Row Records
Producer L. Leigh Savidge adapting his documentary
Andrea Riseborough Signs Up For Bloodline
Joining John Leguizamo as another new cast regular
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
02 September 2015
New Poster For Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies
Hanks Over Troubled Water
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Joy
01 January 2016
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles
Empire Star Rating
American Sniper (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Joy (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Serena (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Steven Spielberg Leaves American Sniper
He won't direct the Bradley Cooper film

06 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

While he’s long had the power to pick up and drop projects at his leisure and always has a batch of potential movies on the go, Steven Spielberg has recently become something of a rolling stone, career-wise. By that we do not mean he’s jumping on stages and gyrating in tight trousers, just that he’s left Robopocalypse in limbo and has now departed American Sniper.

The reality-based tale was set up between Warner Bros. and Spielberg’s own DreamWorks, but the director and his company are now detached from the film, which is set to see Bradley Cooper producing and starring in the story of decorated Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

With a script adapted by Jason Hall, American Sniper is drawn from Kyle’s eponymous memoir, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military History. Kyle was a Texas-born shooter who notched the highest recorded number of kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife. And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran he and a friend were trying to help deal with his experiences in the military (there's a fascinating account of the whole tragic incident here).

While he was initially interested, it appears the Lincoln director simply couldn’t make it work on the budget all involved envisioned. Warners is still attached, and Cooper and company are free to find another filmmaker.

Spielberg, meanwhile, will likely lock in another film soon, especially since it appears he’s not yet ready to get Robopocalypse back in front of the cameras.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Rashida Jones On For DreamWorks Animation's B.O.O.
Matt Bomer will also lend his voice
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Spectre – Everything You Need To Know
Empire's essential briefing on James Bond's 24th outing

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)