Clint Eastwood Will Direct A Movie About Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger

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Clint Eastwood’s follow-up to the hugely successful American Sniper will be a film about Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be based on the true story of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 as recounted in Sullenberger’s memoir Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. On Jan. 15, 2009, Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia Airport, but both of the plane’s engines failed when the flight crossed paths with a flock of Canadian geese. The pilot, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, made an emergency water landing in the Hudson River, saving all 155 passengers and crew members.

Todd Komarnicki will be writing the screenplay, which is an interesting choice, considering he’s only written two other screenplays, 2003’s Resistance and 2007’s Perfect Stranger. He also has a handful of producing credits, including Elf and Meet Dave, and he directed Resistance and two other short films.

Sullenberger is pleased with the choice of director, calling Eastwood a “gifted storyteller,” and expressed his confidence in the producing team:

“I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood, and veteran producers Allyn Stewart and Frank Marshall. The project could not have found a better home than Warner Bros. Pictures. This is truly a dream team,” Sullenberger said in a statement.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)