After the massive success of Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” Warner Bros. looks to have found the next film for the acclaimed director to helm.
WB is in talks to acquire the rights to the biopic “Sully,” the true story of American pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who heroically landed a troubled aircraft full of passengers on the Hudson River with Eastwood attached to direct.
Based on the book by Chelsey Sullenberg and Jeffrey Zaslow, the story takes a closer look at the man who became a national hero after his plane began to malfunction shortly after takeoff and he was forced to take drastic measures in order to save all those on the plane.
Producer Frank Marshall acquired the rights to the book in 2010 and had been developing ever since. Eastwood had been circling the Boston Marathon bombing pic “Patriot’s Day” at CBS Films but soon came across this project and became interested in spotlighting another American hero.
Marshall will produce with Allyn Stewart.
Eastwood has always been drawn by stories like “American Sniper,” “J. Edgar” and “The Changeling” based on real-life individuals, and this story falls squarely in that genre.
“American Sniper” was the highest grossing pic at the domestic box office in 2014, grossing $350 million in the U.S. and $546 million at the worldwide box office.