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Steven Spielberg to direct 'American Sniper'

May. 2, 2013 - 09:07PM   |  
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LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg has his sights set on his next project, a movie about former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who is considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.

A spokeswoman for DreamWorks Studios says Spielberg will direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of the best-selling book “American Sniper.”

“Spread” screenwriter Jason Hall wrote the script based on the autobiography of Kyle, who was killed this year at a Texas gun range. An Iraq war veteran he was trying to help deal with post-trauma stress is charged with the killings.

At the time of his death, Kyle was working on another book, “American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms.”

The film will be a co-production of DreamWorks and Warner Bros.

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