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."