Clint Eastwood will direct “The 15:17 to Paris,” a Warner Bros. film about three Americans who neutralized a terrorist on a high-speed train from Brussels to Paris, TheWrap has learned.
The movie is based on a book, “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes,” written by the three tourists, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, along with Jeffrey E. Stern. The life rights to Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone are part of the deal with Warner Bros.
Dorothy Blyskal handled the script, and the film will begin casting immediately. Eastwood, now 86 years old, is attached to produce along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.
Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone, high school buddies, were traveling together in Europe and boarded an afternoon Thalys train from Brussels to Paris on August 21, 2015. Shortly after the train crossed from Belgium to France, a gunman emerged from the bathroom carrying an AK-47 style rifle. 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. On August 24, Norman, Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone were made Knights of the Legion of Honour by then-French president Francois Hollande.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.