In what we’re hoping isn’t becoming a pattern, Steven Spielberg has dropped out of the film that was all set to be his next movie. It’s happened previously with Robopocalypse in February and now Deadline reports that he’s decided not to make American Sniper, which he announced as his next effort a few months ago.
The action movie is based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a Texas native who racked up the most confirmed sniper kills of anyone in US military history. Tragically though, he was killed by a fellow veteran at a shooting range last February (it’s not clear if that will be included in the movie).
Filming had tentatively been scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014, with Bradley Cooper in the lead role. It’s not yet clear if Cooper will still try to get another director and go ahead early next year, although it’s likely as Bradley is producing and it was him who secured the rights to the autobiography last year.
Spielberg is said to have left because he “couldn’t square his vision of this movie with the budget.” A similar problem his Robopocalypse, which went back into script development when it was decided it was simply too expensive to make as it was. There’s no news though and what Spielberg might make instead.