Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Exclusive: American Sniper Screenplay Writer to Make Directing Debut for Dreamworks


EXCLUSIVE Big news: “American Sniper” screenwriter Jason Hall will direct his first movie for Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks. “Thank You for Your Service” is described thusly: “follows three U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate into family and civilian life, coping with her horrific memory of a war that threatens to destroy them. long after they left the battlefield.”
Hall wrote the screenplay from the bestseller by David Finkel published in October 2013. There were rumors that Spielberg would direct the movie. But after reading Hall’s screenplay, Spielberg suggested Hall do it himself. Spielberg would likely be executive producer, although I’m told no production credits have been assigned yet.

Hall’s screenplay of Chris Kyle’s “American Sniper” was nominated for many awards and much lauded.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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