March 31, 2014
Clint Eastwood’s new film ‘American Sniper’ is due to start production next month, what do we know about the project so far?
Two time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper is billed to play Chris Kyle
The life of Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, a sniper with the highest recorded number of sniper kills for an American, is the subject of Clint Eastwood’s new film. American Sniper will be based on the autobiography of the same name, written by Kyle, Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice. The astonishing story records the career of Kyle, who held the US record for sniper kills, with over 150 kills confirmed.
Described by Green Beret Charles W. Sasser as a ‘true American warrior down to the bone’, the autobiography shares details of Kyle’s career, which spanned a decade and included several combat tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kyle tells the story of how he transitioned from life in his home state of Texas as a rodeo cowboy to become one of the most deadly assassins in US Military history.
The autobiography has been adapted for screen by Jason Hall and Bradley Cooper has been cast to star as Kyle, with Sienna Miller as his wife, Taya Renae Kyle. Initially there were rumours that both David O. Russell and Steven Spielberg were interested in directing the film, but instead it’s gone to double Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood, who is renowned for his gritty films and weighty directorial style.
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March 30, 2014
Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Carley, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, Brian Haley, Geraldine Hughes. Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski’s prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.
March 27, 2014
Director: Sergio Leone. Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marianne Koch, Gian Maria Volonté, Wolfgang Lukschy, Sieghardt Rupp, Joseph Egger, Antonio Prieto Puerto. A wandering gunfighter plays two rival families against each other in a town torn apart by greed, pride, and revenge.
March 21, 2014
American Sniper does not yet have a release date, but knowing how fast Eastwood likes to work it’s entirely possible that the film will be out in theaters at the end of this year.
When Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy’s war-set thriller Act of Valor came out in 2012, it wasn’t sold on big names or big budget action sequences, but instead the fact that it employed active Navy SEALs to play the lead roles. The film was ultimately dismissed by critics, but it’s hard to argue that the strategy didn’t work considering the $12 million project wound up pulling in over $80 million worldwide. It’s possible that this success ended up having some kind of influence on Clint Eastwood, because The Wrap is now reporting that the veteran filmmaker has enlisted a few to star in his upcoming project American Sniper.
Unlike Act of Valor, however, Eastwood’s film will at least have some star-power to it. Bradley Cooper became attached to both star in and produce the movie all the way back in 2012. The Academy Award-nominee is set to be joined in the film by Sienna Miller, Battle: Los Angeles’ Cory Hardrict, and the newly announced Jake McDorman, who will be playing a friend of Cooper’s character in the film named Ryan Job who is nicknamed “Biggles.”
Based on a true story, the film will see Cooper star as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a veteran who holds the record for most sniper kills by an American. While multiple real SEALs are expected to be featured in the film, one of them will be Kevin ‘Dauber” Lacz, a personal friend of Kyle’s. The film is based on Kyle’s autobiography and the adaptation is being scripted by Jason Hall. Production is being planned to start next month and shooting will be taking place in Morocco.
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March 12, 2014
Director: Clint Eastwood. Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch, Jack Ging, Irene Hervey, James McEachin. A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.
March 2, 2014
Director: Sergio Leone. Stars: Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Luigi Pistilli, Rada Rassimov, Enzo Petito. A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.
February 28, 2014
“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare
February 4, 2014
Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell, Ray Walston, Tom Ligon. Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.
January 30, 2014
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitch Ryan, David Soul, Tim Matheson, Kip Niven, Robert Urich, Felton Perry. Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city’s undesirables.
January 18, 2014
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney. An idealistic, modern-day cowboy struggles to keep his Wild West show afloat in the face of hard luck and waning interest.