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 A Star Is Born at one point, but when Beyonce Knowles dropped out of the lead role, he moved on to Jersey Boys. It is unknown if Eastwood plans to return to that project. Either way, American Sniper is sure to come in on time and under budget. Will it be any good? Considering that Eastwood’s pictures have been mediocre at best since Unforgiven, probably not. Hit the jump for the synopsis of American Sniper.
Here’s the synopsis for Chris Kyle’s American Sniper:
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. [Amazon]