After tackling a true life story with Sully, Clint Eastwood is setting his sights on another: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan. Warner Bros, Eastwood's long-time home studio, has optioned Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm. While it's a beat early in the development stages, Eastwood is looking at it as his next project.Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film, Mystic River, as well as 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script.Buchanan was working in Somalia when in October 2011 she and a colleague found themselves caught by land pirates, sold out by their escort and protector. For the next 93 days, she and her co-worker lived in the desert while Buchanan’s husband, Landemalm, tried to work various agencies to have his wife rescued. In the end, President Obama OK'd the engagement of Seal Team 6, which parachuted into the area, killed all the pirates, and extracted the pair.
Eastwood has become increasingly interested in films about ordinary people who are thrown into extraordinary situations and rise to the challenge, such as box office hit “American Sniper” and “Sully.”Since opening last month, Eastwood’s “Sully” has become a hit, grossing $167 million worldwide including $113 million domestically. The biopic has received rave reviews for both Eastwood’s directing and Tom Hanks performance as Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a commuter jet in the Hudson River in 2009.
I'm glad there's a new film in the pipeline to be honest...
I'm guessing that our members who were already tired of the biopics won't be happy if this is the next choice for Clint.
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