American Sniper

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Steven Spielberg is set to direct his next film! The movie is an adaptation of the autobiography American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, written by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The movie will simply be called American Sniper, and Bradley Cooper is set to star in the film and has also been developing it as a producer.

The project was announced last year when Cooper set it up with Warner Bros. "The book reveals how Texas native Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances. Giving the book its emotional core are passages from Kyle’s wife, who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war."

This is going to be a great project for Spielberg and Cooper to develop, and it sounds like it will make for a hell of an awesome film. I'm excited to see that Spielberg will be taking it on! As you know, he makes incredible films that deal with the military and war.

Here's the full description of the book:

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.
must be why he dropped out of Jane
 

raigraphixs

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Steven Spielberg drops out, as both he and DreamWorks have parted ways with the project, although Warner Bros. remains on board
 

mooperman

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crickey.... count me well and truly in on this one....!!
 

shodan

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Yep me too! Then in the sequal they could have a snipe off between him and that finnish bloke..
 

weaponx031277

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Didn't the bloke this was based on get shot dead at a firing range the other week after having a row with an ex Iraq veteran?
 

barnaby jones

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Didn't the bloke this was based on get shot dead at a firing range the other week after having a row with an ex Iraq veteran?
Yes he did and his estate has just been successfully sued by former Navy Seal and actor, Jesse Ventura for deformation. Apparently ( I've not read it ) but in the book this film is based on, the pair had an altercation in a bar when Jesse told Chris that the U.S. Army deserved to 'lose a few' for the way they've been in Iraq, Chris's response was to punch him. The book a worldwide bestseller, earned Chris and his family $6 million dollars, 1.8 of which has been ordered by the courts to be paid to Jesse.
 

richp007

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Didn't realise he had died.

This looks like it could be very good indeed. That was an unusual trailer, but had me hooked.
 

supahyp

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Yes he did and his estate has just been successfully sued by former Navy Seal and actor, Jesse Ventura for deformation. Apparently ( I've not read it ) but in the book this film is based on, the pair had an altercation in a bar when Jesse told Chris that the U.S. Army deserved to 'lose a few' for the way they've been in Iraq, Chris's response was to punch him. The book a worldwide bestseller, earned Chris and his family $6 million dollars, 1.8 of which has been ordered by the courts to be paid to Jesse.
Yes I read a lot about this , and it seems opinion on Chris Kyle is mixed , with some calling him " a great American Hero " , to others claiming he is a cold blooded killer , prone to exaggeration and flat out lying . For example he claimed to have shoot looters during hurricane Katrina , as well as being allowed to go away scott free after having shot two car jackers because of a phone call to the military convinced police officers to cover up the incident .
 

Greg Hook

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This is a Bradley Cooper film so where's Jennifer Lawrence? :)
 

domtheone

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maverick177uk

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Very good I'd give it 8/10
 

Cobb

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Enjoyed it a lot. But after reading and learning a lot more about the real Chris Kyle I feel that this movie painted him very different in some situations.

I would have liked the last act of the movie to have had a bit more time, him helping other veterans, struggling with his own demons. Didn't like the fade to black telling the viewers of his death, I thought that could have been done differently. Maybe.
 

DVD-Man

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I can't help but think that Clint Eastwood is a crap director, very old fashioned and I don't think he's a good storyteller. 6/10 oh and sienna miller was almost unrecognisable.
 

richp007

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I read a snippet that said both Eastwood and Cooper had met with his father, who had demanded the film portray his son in a favourable light (There are certainly a number of unfavourables around).

How true this is I don't know. Still want to see the film, but not quite as convinced on his hero status as some seem to suggest.
 

mooperman

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I can't help but think that Clint Eastwood is a crap director, very old fashioned and I don't think he's a good storyteller. 6/10 oh and sienna miller was almost unrecognisable.
Can't agree with the Eastwood comment, Unforgiven for me is a masterpiece, old fashioned doesn't equal crap.
 

silent ninja

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I read a snippet that said both Eastwood and Cooper had met with his father, who had demanded the film portray his son in a favourable light (There are certainly a number of unfavourables around).

How true this is I don't know. Still want to see the film, but not quite as convinced on his hero status as some seem to suggest.
Chris Kyle, potrayed in this movie, is beyond reproach because he is an American soldier.

The guy was a psychopath. He boasts of killing turban heads and innocent people and his only regret, he says, was that he didn't kill more in Iraq. He boasts of killing tens of people with his buddy in New Orleans after the hurricane, and only regrets not killing more. He enjoyed killing, it gave him a thrill. Also recently, it's come to light, that the profits he raised from his book were not given to veteran families as promised. Apparently, his wife continues to say it was done for non profit, but they've barely donated any of it to the families.

He was dishonest at best, and probably a psychopath. I will not be watching this movie because I frankly don't want to sponsor a movie that hero worships a gun-loving monster.

I like Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper but this movie has really left a bad taste about both of these. It lacks integrity and it's hero worshipping at it's worst. Awful human being.
 

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