Steven Spielberg pulls out of "American Sniper"

US director and President of the Feature Film Jury Steven Spielberg gestures on May 15, 2013 while standing on stage during the opening of the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opens on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images) ALBERTO PIZZOLI

Steven Spielberg is no longer planning to direct "American Sniper."

Publicist Marvin Levy confirmed Tuesday that Spielberg won't helm the adaptation of Chris Kyle's best-selling autobiography as announced in May.

Bradley Cooper is set to play the former Navy SEAL sniper, who was killed along with a friend earlier this year while at a North Texas gun range. A 25-year-old former Marine and Iraq war veteran was indicted for the killings last month.

Kyle is considered 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."

Spielberg has yet to announce the official follow-up to "Lincoln," which was nominated for 12 Oscars and won two: production design and actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). It's unclear what direction he will take next. After all, "Lincoln" was essentially 11 years in the making.

  • CBS News Staff

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