Steven Spielberg is teaming up with actor Bradley Cooper for American Sniper, which will be the director's next movie.

The action project is based on the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a Texas native who racked up the most confirmed sniper kills by anyone in U.S. military history. Tragically, the sniper was killed by a fellow veteran at a shooting range in February.

Jason Dean Hall (Spread, Paranoia), is writing the screenplay adaptation, with Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan producing alongside Steven Spielberg and Bradley Cooper. Shooting is tentatively scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014.

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Steven Spielberg was previously set to make Robopocalypse as his next film, before the project was put on indefinite hold by DreamWorks in January.

Bradley Cooper is currently shooting American Hustle for director David O. Russell in Boston. He returns as The Wolfpack leader Phil in the comedy franchise finale The Hangover Part III later this month.