Clint Eastwood, fresh off his biggest financial success with “American Sniper,” is reportedly going to direct a film based on the life of Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who is known for saving the lives of 155 passengers and crew in January 2009 when he landed a disabled Charlotte-bound jet in the Hudson River.
US Airways Flight 1549 lost both engines when it flew into a flock of Canada geese after taking off from LaGuardia Airport and Sullenburger was able to coax the 50-ton jetliner onto the Hudson River near the ferry docks, and all aboard were rescued.
Since 2011, the Airbus A320 has been a centerpiece attraction at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, off Billy Graham Boulevard in Charlotte.
The Wrap reports Eastwood’s still untitled-film, to be released by Warner Brothers, will be based on the book “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters,” by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. The film will include much of the behind-the-scenes drama that unfolded after the Hudson River landing, now known as “The Miracle on the Hudson.”
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“I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood,” Sullenberger is quoted as telling The Wrap. “The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team.”
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