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Steven Spielberg to direct 'American Sniper'
By DERRIK J. LANG , AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steven Spielberg has his sights set on his next project, a movie about former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

A spokeswoman for DreamWorks Studios says the filmmaker will direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of the best-selling book "American Sniper."

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"Spread" screenwriter Jason Hall wrote the script based on the autobiography of Kyle, who was killed along with a friend earlier this year while at a North Texas gun range. An Iraq war veteran who they were trying to help deal with PTSD is charged with the killings.

Kyle is considered to be the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. At the time of his death, he was working on another book, "American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms."

The film will be a co-production of DreamWorks and Warner Bros.

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May 3, 2013 7:09AM
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excuse me!? this man was an american hero. Being married to a marine sniper, I can tell you it is not an easy job. Chirs Kyle saved countless lives and all you can bitch about is that its going to influence your kids. Its not anyones job but parents to keep there kids away from things that might "influence" them into violent behavior. Get a clue.
May 3, 2013 7:12AM
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Since the president couldn't find the time to honor  him but managed to do it for whitney houston. This  is the next best thing.
May 3, 2013 7:04AM
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Spielberg will politicize this movie for his own leftist views and might take away from Kyles memory,his military record and what he tried to do.
May 3, 2013 7:24AM
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You got that right. Glorification of state sanctioned murder. That's right, murder. You think the god of all things looks down on these extreme militarists and says, "oh bless and praise them for the loving work they do"? Are you out of your freaking minds? And all this hype about how "Kyle" saved so many countless lives out there "heroically" tapping folks from half a mile away, again, and again, and again.

I had an associate who garnered the same type of body count in Southeast Asia. He didn't mix it up with pseudo-patriotic psycho babble or some kind of deluded ideology. He said he was just "doing his job", and guess what, he liked it. He liked blowing people's heads to smithereens.

And if Spielberg is doing a biopic on this mass killer then something is clearly askew in his mind. This is the same director who brought us Saving Private Ryan? This is the same guy who finally recognized his Jewish roots and did Schindler's List? WTF? We already know Katherine Bigelow loves the military genre cause it's easy as pie to write and tugs at your patriotic heartstrings but,

now Spewberg is on the same train?

May 3, 2013 6:59AM
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And you wonder where your children and immature adults get the ideas to shoot people, here is a prime example..
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