Clint Eastwood to Direct ISIS Incident Drama

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Oscar winning filmmaker Clint Eastwood has lined up his next picture, The 15:17 to Paris.

Following his well-received true-story films American Sniper and Sully, Eastwood will once again be telling the story of ordinary men caught up in extraordinary situations.

According to Deadline, Eastwood has signed up to direct a film based on the close call that took place in 2015 on train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. An ISIS terrorist boarded the train and armed his weapons – an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and a ton of ammunition – in the bathroom. He came out, ready to attack, only to be stopped by three buddies: Alek Skarlatos – a member of the Oregon National Guard, Spencer Stone – an airman first class in the US Air Force, and Anthony Sadler. They fearlessly charged and overpowered the gunman, averting a mass tragedy in the process.

The film is to be based on the book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes, written by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. The package deal also came with the life rights to the three men.

Newcomer screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal, who previously worked as a production assistant on Live by Night, Fist Fight and Logan, has written the script.

Casting is to begin immediately, with a production start being planned for later this year.

Here’s an interview with Skarlatos, Sadler and a passenger not long after the incident.

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