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Steven Spielberg departs American Sniper director’s chair

06 August 2013

Oscar winning filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg has departed the director's chair of Warner Bros. upcoming biopic American Sniper.

Variety report that the film will still go ahead with Bradley Cooper in the lead role without Spielberg and his production company DreamWorks.

American Sniper is the adaptation of Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice's American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History which follows Kyle's development from a Texas rodeo cowboy to a Navy SEAL chief with the greatest number of sniper kills in US military history.

Cooper's production company 22 & Indiana Pictures optioned the rights to the book in 2012 and following the death of Kyle who was shot and killed on February 2 at a shooting range in Erath County, Texas the film was fast tracked.

It is believed that Spielberg will focus on Jurassic Park 4, since his adaptation of Robopocalypse has been delayed.

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