There seems to be a recurring theme in director Clint Eastwood‘s latest projects; he’s now set to direct another fact-based film about American heroes. In this case he’ll be telling the story of Anthony Sadler, Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Air Force staff sergeant Spencer Stone, who stopped an attempted terrorist attack aboard a train bound for France in August 2015. It will be based on the book “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes” by Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone, with Jeffrey E. Stern.
The train was on its way from Amsterdam to Paris on August 21, and the three Americans were on-board while vacationing in Europe. They came upon a man armed with an assault rifle and subdued him before he could carry out his intended shooting. For their efforts they were awarded the French Legion of Honor, and just a few weeks later Skarlatos was awarded one of America’s highest honors: a spot on “Dancing with the Stars,” where he finished in third place. It seems unlikely that Eastwood would substantially include that as part of his film, but one can hope.
This film follows Eastwood’s 2016 drama “Sully,” which was also a true heroic story. It followed real-life American pilot Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), who saved a plane full of passengers by landing in the Hudson River after a catastrophic engine failure. And in 2014 Eastwood helmed “American Sniper,” a biographical film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), though that film was controversial for its depiction of its subject and of American military action during the Iraq War.
Eastwood is a four time Oscar winner, taking Best Picture and Best Director for both “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004). He was most recently nominated for Best Picture as a producer of “American Sniper.” Will his new film return him to the Oscars? Comment below, and discuss this and more with your fellow movie fans in our forums.