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Steven Spielberg Exits His Second Big Feature of the Year

Best Director nominee Steven Spielberg arrives on the red carpet for the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

After leaving Robopocalypse in January, Steven Spielberg has bailed on his second blandly titled film of the year, exiting the Bradley Cooperstarrer American Sniper. Here are some purely speculative reasons why Spiels might have departed: He's decided to direct The Grapes of Wrath instead of just producing; he's reviving Robopocalypse; he successfully begged Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow to turn over the reigns to Jurassic Park 4; he wants to move out of producing and into directing for Under the Dome's second season; he's picking up speed with that Stanley Kubrickscripted Napoleon project. Who knows.

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