Hoewel hij het aankondigde als zijn nieuwste film in mei, heeft Steven Spielberg besloten American Sniper niet te regisseren. Zowel hij als DreamWorks trekken hun handen af van het project. Warner Bros. blijft echter verbonden aan de film.
De film zal gebaseerd zijn op de memoires van Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (geschreven met Scott McEwen en Jim DeFelice) en wordt als volgt beschreven:
He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “The Devil” by the enemies he hunted and “The Legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States Military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more then 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him Al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned a legendary status among his fellow SEALS, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, who he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraodinary battlefield experiences of all time.
A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust into the front lines of the War of Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. In Fallujah, where he recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on the street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war-of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.
Het nieuws komt net nadat Spielberg’s eerder project Robopocalypse, voor onvoorzienbare tijd gepauzeerd is, terwijl het script geschreven wordt.