Jason Hall was marked an A-list screenwriter the moment DreamWorks and Warner Bros joined forces after Steven Spielberg agreed to direct Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Jason spent years perfecting a script for what would become Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated movie American Sniper, corresponding with Chris and his wife, Taya, and trying to capture the nuances of war and it's lingering effects when soldiers return from duty. Hall turned in a final draft after eight weeks of writing. Two days later, a friend called to tell him that Chris had been killed by a Marine who'd been suffering from PTSD. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.