Famed "American Sniper" author and a friend were killed at a North Texas gun range

Steven Spielberg to Direct Movie About Chris Kyle

By Derrik J. Lang
|  Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 6:22 PM CDT
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Steven Spielberg to Direct Movie About Chris Kyle

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CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 10: AFI Board Member Steven Spielberg in the audience during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mike Nichols will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 25 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for AFI) *** Local Caption *** Steven Spielberg

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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." 

"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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