21 August 2013 6:51 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Earlier this month, Steven Spielberg dropped out of directing the adaptation of American Sniper.  The autobiography from Texan Navy Seal Chris Kyle retells his exploits of recording the highest number of sniper kills for an American, earning himself the nickname al-Shaitan (“the devil”) from Iraqi insurgents.  Passages from Kyle’s wife, “who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war,” form the book's emotional core.  Bradley Cooper is producing and is also attached to play Kyle. According to Twitch, Clint Eastwood may be stepping in to replace Spielberg.  DreamWorks dropped out when Spielberg left, leaving American Sniper fully a Warner Bros. picture.  The studio has a long history with Eastwood, and if he's on board, then it's simply a matter of scheduling.  Eastwood is currently working on the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys.  He was also planning to remake »

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