Clint Eastwood To Direct True Story About Foiled ISIS Attack | Film News
Clint Eastwood and obsessively patriotic American stories just can’t keep their hands off each other. After diving head first into American Sniper and Sully, the director has settled on his next project: The 15:17 To Paris.
The film is based on the true story of three American friends who took down an ISIS terrorist on a train from Brussels to Paris in 2015. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone happened to be on the train when an ISIS terrorist boarded holding an AK-47.
Fortunately, two of the friends were off duty members of the US armed forces, and together all three managed to take the assailant down before he could cause mass casualties.
This is possibly the most Eastwood film ever. This sounds a little like Sully in that it’s a film based on a relatively quick incident, and it’ll be interesting to see how it’s stretched into a feature film. Sully worked due to its inventiveness and willingness to dive into the mind of the titular character rather than simply telling the true story the audience already knew. Will this follow the same idea?
Newcomer Dorothy Blyskal has written the script, and Eastwood is reportedly casting right away with an eye on beginning production later this year.
This is undoubtedly a story worthy of telling, and it’ll be interesting to see how Eastwood handles it. Casting news, whenever it arrives, might give us a clue as to whether Eastwood is heading down a path of epic patriotism, or something a little more quaint and introspective like his latest.