We’re living in scary times, folks. America needs heroes more than ever, and who better than Clint Eastwood to immortalize them on the big screen? After directing Sully and American Sniper, Eastwood has settled on THE 15:17 TO PARIS as his next film, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
The 15:17 to Paris is based on the true story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train traveling from Brussels to Paris, on which an AK-47 could do an awful lot of damage. The heroic trio were lauded for their bravery, and their story was covered by the international press.
Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone then teamed with Jeffrey E. Stern to write the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes , which will serve as the basis for Eastwood’s film. Screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal adapted the book.
Eastwood is coming off back-to-back hits at Warner Bros., which released Sully to the tune of $240 million worldwide after taking in $547 million worldwide and a Best Picture nomination for American Sniper.
Insiders had thought Eastwood’s next film would Impossible Odds, about the kidnapping of aid worker Jessica Buchanan by Somali pirates, but in classic Clint fashion, he decided to change tracks to the train tale. Eastwood is separately producing Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born at Warners, which has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the Oscar-winning filmmaker over the years.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief