Steven Spielberg has officially dropped out of directing American Sniper, which includes working with Bradley Cooper - much to the disappointment of fans worldwide.
Deadline reports Spielberg exited the directorial gig after he felt he would not be given the budget necessary to execute his vision for the film. The filmmaker announced he was joining the project in May.
Cooper, who's also producing the film, is slated to star as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the fallen marksman also considered "the most lethal sniper in American military history." The film will be based on Kyle's memoir, American Sniper, which recounted his tours during the Iraq War. Kyle was killed in February back home by a vet impacted by posttraumatic stress syndrome.