- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg is no longer planning to direct “American Sniper.”

Publicist Marvin Levy confirmed Tuesday that Spielberg won’t helm the adaptation of Chris Kyle’s best-selling autobiography as announced in May.

Bradley Cooper is set to play the former Navy SEAL sniper, who was killed along with a friend earlier this year while at a North Texas gun range. A 25-year-old former Marine and Iraq war veteran was indicted for the killings last month.


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Kyle is considered 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.”

Spielberg has yet to announce his follow up to “Lincoln,” which was nominated for 12 Oscars and won two: Production design and actor (Daniel Day-Lewis).