Clint Eastwood in Talks to Helm AMERICAN SNIPER After Steven Spielberg's Departure

By AMC August 22, 2013

The wonderful Steven Spielberg has departed the production of "American Sniper", the project adapted from Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography. But fear not my friends, as another esteemed director is now in talks to fill the empty shoes.

None other than Clint Eastwood, two-time Academy Award winning director, who also sometimes likes to talk to empty chairs, is in early discussions to helm the production. Bradley Cooper is still attached to produce and star as the title character.

Spielberg seemed like an obvious and great choice, having won an Oscar for his work on "Saving Private Ryan", as well as dabbling with the World War I and II eras a lot, as seen in "Lincoln" and "War Horse". Despite not enjoying his later work as much as his earlier stuff, Eastwood is certainly an icon and his talent and passion can not be questioned. He has also explored heavy and real subject matters in that time period as well, such as "Letters from Iwo Jima" and "Flags of Our Fathers".

In terms of the story being adapted, Kyle was given the title of "Devil of Ramadi" by the Iraqis and according to the source material, was thought to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Cooper acquired the rights to the autobiography almost a year ago. I really liked him exploring his more dramatic chops in "Silver Linings Playbook" and am excited to see what he does with this project.

Do you think Eastwood is the right man for the job? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: HollywoodReporter

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