08/05/2013 06:06 pm ET Updated Aug 06, 2013

Steven Spielberg Drops 'American Sniper'; Bradley Cooper Still Set To Star

Steven Spielberg is still searching for his follow-up to "Lincoln." According to Deadline.com, Spielberg has dropped plans to direct "American Sniper," an adaptation of Chris Kyle's autobiography of the same name. Bradley Cooper is still attached to star in the film, which the actor told HuffPost Entertainment had been set to shoot in February of 2014.

This is the second film Spielberg has dropped in 2013. In January, the director put an indefinite delay on "Robopocalyse," an action blockbuster that was set to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. Spielberg's reps cited script problems as the source of the delay. "The script is not ready, and it's too expensive to produce," Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said at the time. "It's back to the drawing board to see what is possible."

Per Deadline.com. Spielberg left "American Sniper" because of budget issues. He was first attached to the film in May.

"American Sniper" will focus on Kyle (Cooper), a decorated Navy SEAL who was called the "most lethal sniper in U.S. military history." Kyle's life was cut short when he was shot and killed by a Marine veteran on U.S. soil in February of 2013.

"It's really simple: I just want to get better and work with great directors," Cooper told HuffPost Entertainment about where he wants his career to go. "That's it. That's the formula for me. I'm like a sponge. I just take in as much information as possible. Todd Phillips, Joe Carnahan, Derek Cianfrance, David O. Russell: these are great directors that I've had a chance to sit side-by-side with and learn."

Unfortunately for Cooper, Spielberg won't be added to that list just yet.

For more, head to Deadline.com.

[via Deadline.com]

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misstated Kyle's date of death.