Filmmakers Steven Spielberg and John Wells both have a hankering for “The Hangover” star Bradley Cooper who is onboard to star in upcoming projects from both directors.
First up, DreamWorks and Warner Bros. Pictures are set to produce Spielberg’s film adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s autobiography “American Sniper”.
Cooper, whose 22nd & Indiana Pictures label originally optioned the book, will star as Texas native Kyle who went from a rodeo cowboy to a SEAL Chief with the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. military history. Kyle was recently gunned down on a Texas shooting range by a fellow discharged vet with PTSD.
Jason Hall (“Paranoia”) wrote the script, while Spielberg, Cooper, Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan will produce. A first quarter 2014 shoot is scheduled.
Meanwhile Wells (“August: Osage County”) is making a deal to direct “Chef” for The Weinstein Company.
Cooper is already set to star, and his deal for ‘Sniper’ means the project’s scheduling has been thrown out of whack. It is now expected to shoot next year once Cooper finishes ‘Sniper’.
Cooper will play Paris chef Adam Jones, who blows his status as an up and coming chef due to drugs. Jones straightens out and returns to Paris sober, becoming devoted to building a restaurant that can attain three Michelin stars.