Eastwood to Direct New Film, "Miracle on the Hudson"

  • Jun 3, 2015 5:25pm GMT

Quick on the heels of his last successful feature film, "American Sniper", Warner Brothers has its sights set on having 85 year-old Clint Eastwood direct their next hopeful blockbuster featuring the biopic of Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger.

Sully was dubbed a Hero for safely ditching U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in a splash landing on the Hudson River in January 2009, saving all 155 passengers on board. The Airbus A320 was forced to make a water landing after flying through a flock of geese shortly after departing JFK Airport.

"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.

Eastwood is himself a veteran pilot with more than 30 years of rotorwing experience.

The film, to be named "Miracle on the Hudson", will be based on Sullenberger’s New York Times bestselling memoir Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, and will be co-produced by Frank Marshall and Allyn Stewart.

According to Variety, “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.