Clint Eastwood will follow up his smash hit American Sniper with a movie about another real-life hero, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. Eastwood will direct the as yet untitled biopic for Warner Bros.
Sullenberger is the pilot who saved the lives of the passengers and crew of U.S. Airways flight 1549 in January 2009, by landing the plane in the Hudson River. Immediately following this amazing feat, dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson,” the national media lavished attention on Sullenberger, who subsequently became a celebrity.
The screenplay will be an adaptation of Sullenberger’s inspiring autobiography, written with Jeffrey Zaslow, titled Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.
Sullenberger, now 64, remarked in a news statement: “I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall. The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.”
Images of the survivors being rescued in the river alongside the partially submerged plane are familiar to everyone, but the film promises to go behind the scenes and recreate the drama surrounding the emergency crash-landing.
No news yet about who will portray Sullenberger, but filming is scheduled to begin this fall.