Four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood’s next project will be helming a biopic about Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The untitled film is set up at Warner Bros Pictures with Todd Komarnicki (Perfect Stranger) adapting Sullenberger’s heroic story for the screen.
Captain Sullenberger was piloting US Airways Flight 1549 when it was struck by birds and forced into an emergency landing. Sully saved everyone on board by landing the jet in the Hudson River after the engines failed. Commenting on the film version of his story, Sullenberger said, “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.”
Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures said, “Simply put, Clint Eastwood is at the top of his game, not to mention a global treasure. On the heels of his extraordinary work in American Sniper, it is tremendously exciting to see him explore the life of another captivating true-life hero. It is also great to be collaborating with Frank Marshall and Allyn Stewart to produce this compelling script by Todd Komarnicki.”
Per Warner Bros: “The film will go beyond Sullenberger’s almost impossible and much-heralded achievement of safely landing a jumbo jet on the water, which was captured on video and viewed around the world. But behind the scenes, a drama was unfolding that could have cost him his reputation and his wings.”
-By Rebecca Murray
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