Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Eastwood to make movie on thwarted Paris train attacker

Eastwood to make movie on thwarted Paris train attacker

Following the success of "Sully", Clint Eastwood looks to have found his next film in "The 15:17 to Paris". The three Americans - two of them off-duty members of the armed forces - charged at the gunman and subdued him with the help of another British passenger, Chris Norman. The Hollywood legend loves a good tale of fighting the good fight and for his next project, he'll be tackling yet another true story that shows off bravery at its finest.

The film will be based on the book The 15:17 To Paris: The Trust Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes, which was written by the eponymous American heroes with Jeffrey E. Stern.

With such stories as American Sniper and Sully: Miracle On The Hudson, Clint Eastwood has been on something of a run of movies drawn from real-life examples of heroism.

The friends were on a train bound for Paris when they overpowered a 26-year-old Moroccan man who was armed with an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter and enough ammunition to do maximum damage. The latter snapped up more than $700 million at the box office worldwide and a string of Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. The would-be terrorist was armed with an AK-47, pistol and box cutter and one of the men nearly lost their thumb in the process. On August 24, Norman, Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone were made Knights of the Legion of Honour by then-French president Francois Hollande.

Eastwood hopes to get the film underway sometime this year.

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