Clint Eastwood May Be Aiming to Direct AMERICAN SNIPER Starring Bradley Cooper

     August 21, 2013


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.

american-sniper-book-coverHere’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]

  • Saltonstall

    “Eastwood’s pictures have been mediocre at best since Unforgiven”.

    Gran Torino? Million Dollar Baby? Mystic River? Those are all “mediocre” to Matt Goldberg?

    *shakes head*

    • Alex

      Don’t pay attention to his opinions, the guy apparently hates movies or likes to criticize them because it’s fun to write negative reviews…
      Maybe some of his movies weren’t as great as Unforgiven and others were bad, that’s true…but saying that they were ALL mediocre at best it’s really really stupid.

    • Boof Bonser

      Mediocre at best… that’s an embarrassing statement for any so called film critic

    • Person

      I love Eastwood as an actor/director, but Goldberg isn’t that far off the mark here. I agree with the movie you listed (I’d even throw in J.Edgar but I know I’m in the minority there, also the WWII duo he made but I’m not much for war films), but the rest of his work since then really hasn’t been THAT great, though that’s saying more about how great his work was up til Unforgiven than about the movies he’s made since. This looks like it could be fantastic though, so we’ll see.

      • Person

        *movieS you listed

    • Edward_U

      Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard Matt Goldberg say. Is he for real??

      By the way, you forgot to mention. “Letters From Iwo Jima” and “Flags of Our Fathers” as well

  • Patrick

    “May Be Aiming To Direct”? Please never make a pun like that ever again.

  • MrTramp

    Mystic River is a mediocre movie?
    Jesus Christ, I am really in shock.

    • Nate B.

      and Letters from Iwo Jima which is probably one of the best WWII movies ever made, I’ll agree on Changeling, Hereafter and especially J Edgar, those were shit. Just hoping he’s the right guy for Jersey Boys, have some doubts on that one.

      • Papi

        I’m going to disagree with you on each of Changeling, Herafter, and J. Edgar. J. Edgar was the weakest of the three, but is by no means a bad film.

        Herafter is one of my favorite movies of all time. Changeling is also a deeply touching film. One can do far, far worse than either of those films.

  • aksmitty

    Are the writers encouraged to throw in a comment just to stir up the pot? Well, for me it worked…well done…Calling Perfect World, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Grand Torino, (and hell, even Bridges of Madison County) mediocre is a bit of a stretch. You could call it one of the greatest runs that an American director has ever had. Even his mediocre movies have been worth a watch. I’m glad Spielberg is out and Eastwood is in. I really wasn’t looking forward to watching Bradley Cooper hate bangin his wife while cutting to scenes of him blowing dudes heads off.

  • Heytherebro

    Seriously, Matt, what the hell?

  • Bobby

    We get it matt you’re different than the rest, you’re the howard stern of movie blogs you’re controversial. Now just write your post without your own sanctimonious opinion

  • J M

    Matt, you’re such a fucking hack! Yeah, he’s had some so-so stuff and more so recently, but saying Mystic River is mediocre? You’re out of your god damn mind!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    A republican should direct this movie
    I don’t care for liberals and their facts

    • Al


  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Please don’t feed the troll . It’s obvious Matt wants a rise out of all of us

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  • That does it for me…

    As an actor/director, Clint Eastwood is a beloved icon of American film.

    As a writer of film news and reviews on the internet, Matt Goldberg is a pompous piece of shit.

    the late-era Eastwood films that I haven’t quite connected with
    (“Invictus,” “Hereafter”) represent interesting career
    challenges/choices for any filmmaker, let alone a man Eastwood’s age. To
    be clear, I don’t worship at the temple of Clint. My love for his films
    isn’t rooted in any fascination with gruff machismo or any affiliation
    with conservative politics. I just know that Eastwood is an important
    voice in American film and I don’t think anyone should dismiss his next film before it’s even released. Because that next film could be the next American classic (“Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby”) or at least an Eastwood classic (“Gran Torino”).

    I have no longer have time or energy for
    the walking pile of feces that goes by the name of Matt Goldberg. I’ve
    said it before. I’ll say it again. Matt Goldberg loves Matt Goldberg way
    more than he loves film. Yes, Goldberg has critical capabilities and he can spell (I’m looking your way, Harry Knowles!… And most of the internet, for that matter….). But whatever skills Goldberg has as a writer are negated by the fact that the man is simply an asshole who can’t even get through writing a news update without insulting a fan community to draw attention to how “different” he is, or to draw web traffic to Collider, etc.

    Look at the comment sections in any given Matt Goldberg movie review. Readers spend more time ranting about Goldberg than they do discussing the actual movie. Goldberg is vitriolic and he draws vitriol out of readers. He exemplifies the very “bad energy” in life that movies serve as an escape from. I welcome any film critic to challenge me as a reader, to provoke me and make me reconsider my views on a movie or even the lens through which I watch movies altogether. But Goldberg doesn’t do that. He is an egotistic prick and in all likelihood an insecure attention whore who feels the need to place himself on a pedestal of self-anointed authority, looking down at and often pissing all over filmmakers and fans of film.

    My only solution is to stop reading Collider altogether, and that sucks. Why? Because Goldberg’s not just a writer here. He is, apparently, the Managing Editor (*smacks forehead*).

    I will miss Collider’s up-to-date film news. I will miss knowing, for example, that a “Rambo” TV series is in the works, and how much beer Olivia Wilde drank during the filming of “Drinking Buddies” and so on. Those two facts exemplify the bits of pop culture that I pick up from Collider on a daily basis. I will miss Frosty’s giddily energetic interviews. In a time where film websites continually grow more shamefully illiterate (Ain’t It Cool), blatantly misogynistic (JoBlo), and grab-bag impersonal (Rotten Tomatoes), I will miss Collider.

    Matt Goldberg – if you are reading this, please know that your film reviews and news updates (not the ones you edit, but the ones you write) are the equivalent of a sad, angry man marveling at his own limp noodle as he strokes himself off in a public space. You, sir, are a fucking wanker and a disgrace to the larger community of film critics.

    Peace out, Collider.

    • Stephens

      Sir, I would like to buy you a drink.

    • nemesis11

      couldn’t have said it better. Thank you so much.

    • Alex

      Well said

    • ikkf

      Well said. and are good alternatives to Collider. I’ve found myself visiting them more often than here lately, for the same reasons.

      • Strong Enough

        all of you are cunts

  • Aladdin

    I heard the chief imam of Argabad who is a big fan of Eastwood, had issued a fatwa for the head of Goldberg.

  • Aladdin

    I heard the chief imam of Argabad who is a big fan of Eastwood, had issued a fatwa for the head of Goldberg.

  • whatmatt

    “Considering that Eastwood’s pictures have been mediocre at best since Unforgiven, probably not.” — Seriously Matt, how do you expect ANYONE to take your so-called criticism seriously after that statement? And the fact that you make that statement which such confidence (as though everyone else shares the same opinion) only adds to the ignorance of that statement.

    • Al

      I think he meant after Gran Torino. That would at least make some sort of sense.

      Goldberg…seriously? No Mystic River, Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, Changelling, Million Dollar Baby, or Gran Torino? The 2000s are pretty much acknowledged to be the most growth and varied of Eastwoods whole career. You’re obviously entitled to your opinion, but you were kind of implying that Eastwood has been viewed as some middle of the road hack by the critical community, and its been quite the opposite.

  • Goldberg, Enemy of Quan

    Matt Goldberg is the smarmy villain in a Cameron Crowe movie. He is the definition of knee-jerk cynicism.

  • Joe

    In the war against Internet hackdom, Chris Kyle has a new target.
    He will strike ‘Gold’.


    Whyy Bradley Cooper???

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    Korea era draftee Eastwood has BALKED some 6 decades
    of milestone anniversaries for the ever more awesomely
    important KOREAN WAR.

    All this while delivering unending, ‘on board’ and predictable

    Further, as far as Kyle goes, it’s highly inappropriate and unprofessional to
    be turning such a recent figure into star turn Hollywood fiction.
    An investigative documentary sure —but NOT a Hollywood flick!

    What exactly constitutes the ‘FEARLESS —REAL—- MAVERICK’
    AMERICAN ‘EYE —CON’ that is said to be Eastwood?

  • IT 2 IT 001

    MORE second hand, uninspired, assigned topics
    from the hopelessly ‘on board’ Eastwood.