Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' Nabs Year-End Release

5:52 PM PST 08/12/2014 by Pamela McClintock
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Warner Bros. also announces it is pushing Guy Ritchie's 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' to summer

Nabbing a high-profile release date during the heart of awards season, director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper will begin rolling out in select theaters on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide Jan. 16.

The Navy SEAL drama stars Bradley Cooper. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow movie is a passion project for the Oscar-nominated actor, who is producing with Andrew Lazar and Lazar's company, Mad Chance Productions.

In turn, Warners announced it is moving Guy Ritchie's Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, from Jan. 16, 2015, to Aug. 14, 2015, while Alcon Entertainment's Point Break remake will shift from Aug. 7 to July 31 of that year. The studio also announced dates for two untitled horror films for New Line: one on Jan. 29, 2016, and the other on Sept. 9 of that same year. The studio revealed the date changes Tuesday. 

American Sniper is an adaptation of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. It reveals how Kyle came to record the highest number of sniper kills for an American. The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances. Kyle was killed in a shooting accident in February 2013 by a fellow veteran.

Eastwood boarded the project last year after Steven Spielberg and Warners parted ways. The prolific director has a long relationship with the studio, which has often used December to launch his films, including Gran Torino. The film adaptation also stars Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict.

Aug. 12, 7:11 p.m. Updated with release dates for the two untitled New Line films.

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