Clint Eastwood to Direct Feature Film About Hudson River Hero

04 Jun 2015
The legendary Clint Eastwood is to direct an as-of-yet untitled drama about the life of Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who performed what has been dubbed the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.
Captain Sullenberger became an American hero when he landed his disabled jet on New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of everyone on board. 

Eastwood will direct the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film will go beyond Sullenberger’s much-heralded achievement and take a look behind the scenes at a drama that was unfolding, potentially costing him his reputation and wings. 

In an announcement earlier on today, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production for Warner Bros. Pictures Greg Silverman said, 

“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.” 

The film is being produced by Eastwood and Tim Moore for Malpaso; Frank Marshall, under the Kennedy/Marshall banner; and Allyn Stewart, for Flashlight Films.  Flashlight’s Kipp Nelson and RatPac-Dune’s Steven Mnuchin are serving as executive producers. Sullenberger has said he is very glad his story is in the hands of what he describes as "truly a dream team." 

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