The ever-busy Bradley Cooper is setting up an adaptation of the Navy SEAL autobiography American Sniper at Warner Bros. THR reports that Cooper will produce alongside Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan, and will likely star in the film. Jason Dean Hall is set to write the script, and the book recounts Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s exploits as a Texas native who recorded the highest number of sniper kills for an American. He was so feared by Iraqi insurgents that they gave him the nickname al-Shaitan (“the devil”). An emotional center comes in the form of passages from Kyle’s wife, “who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war.”
It sounds like a refreshingly frank piece of military non-fiction, and should prove to be a fascinating role for Cooper to take on. The actor is currently filming the period drama Serena with Jennifer Lawrence, and he’s being eyed to star in Woody Allen’s next film. He’s also set to shoot The Hangover Part III later this year. Hit the jump for a synopsis of 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]