Steven Spielberg drops out of "American Sniper"

August 6th, 2013

Steven Spielberg has pulled out of directing 'American Sniper'.

The award-winning filmmaker and his DreamWorks studios have cut ties with the project, which will see Bradley Cooper starring as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle as well as producing.

According to, the 'War Horse' director simply couldn't make his vision work with the envisioned budget. Warner Bros. and Cooper are still attached and they are expected to find another director.

Spielberg has been known to drop out of projects in the past, and famously took 11 years to get Oscar-winning film 'Lincoln' the way he wanted.

The script for 'American Sniper' was penned by Jason Hall and is based on Kyle's eponymous memoir 'American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History'. Kyle was a Texas-born shooter with the highest recorded number of sniper kills in the US military at 160 deadly shots.

However, his dedication to his career as a Navy SEAL chief affected his relationship with his wife, and he was tragically killed at a shooting range by a fellow veteran he was trying to help deal with his experiences in the military.