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Steven Spielberg to direct 'American Sniper'

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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."

"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.

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, director Steven Spielberg arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Spielberg has his sights set on his next film. A spokeswoman for DreamWorks Studios said Thursday, May 2, 2013, the filmmaker plans to direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of the best-selling book "American Sniper." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2013 file photo, director Steven Spielberg arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Spielberg has his sights set on his next film. A spokeswoman for DreamWorks Studios said Thursday, May 2, 2013, the filmmaker plans to direct Bradley Cooper in an adaptation of the best-selling book "American Sniper." (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

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.