Clint Eastwood has stepped up and is in talks to direct American Sniper, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Earlier this month, Steven Spielberg decided not to go forward with the film adaptation.
Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, is already attached to the project and set to star as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The film is based on Kyle’s memoir, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, co-written with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. Kyle passed away in February 2013.
Jason Hall wrote the screenplay for the film, which was originally set to be a co-production between DreamWorks and Warner Brothers when Spielberg signed on. Cooper, Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan are producing the movie.
Should Eastwood reach agreement with the studio, he is going to have to adapt his schedule accordingly. According to THR:
If a deal is made, that puts Eastwood in a tight schedule squeeze. The veteran filmmaker is about to begin directing Jersey Boys, the adaptation of the Broadway musical about the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Sniper must shoot early next year because of Cooper’s many commitments. But Eastwood is famously known for his short and efficient shoots, so the studio has no fear that he won’t be able to pull it off.