Eastwood takes on another American hero after his huge blockbuster hit with “American Sniper” became the highest grossing war movie of all time.
Clint Eastwood will follow up his smash hit “American Sniper” with the story of another American hero — Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who guided US Airways Flight 1549 to safety on the Hudson River in January 2009. Eastwood, 85, will direct the film “Miracle on the Hudson,” based on Sullenberger’s memoir, “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.”Sully was able to pull off what’s been called “the most successful ditching in aviation history” when he maneuvered a jetliner over New York and landed it in the frigid Hudson with both engines out, saving all 155 lives on board. The pilot retired in 2010.
The screen version is scheduled to shoot this fall, according to the Hollywood Reporter — though the lead (Sully) has yet to be cast. Aviator actor and flying enthusiast Harrison Ford reportedly first introduced Sullenberger to the film’s producer Frank Marshall.
Eastwood’s “American Sniper” — starring Bradley Cooper as slain Navy SEAL Chris Kyle — made $543.4 million worldwide, and became the highest-grossing war movie of all time in North America.