Do you remember Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger‘s epic rescue of the US Airways Plane where he landed safely in the Hudson River in New York? Well, you’re about to get a cinematic re-tell of it by none other than Clint Eastwood.
As a reminder, January 15, 2009, Sullenberger lost power due to birds hitting the plane and flying into the engines. After much consideration on his part, and multiple failed safe plans, Sullenberger decided to land the quickly falling plane into the Hudson.
According to People.com, Sullenberger said in a statement that “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.”
CNN.com reports that the release date isn unknown thus far.
Eastwood, who’s known for directing extremely well crafted movies like American Sniper, Gran Torino, and Million Dollar Baby (two of which he starred in), there is nobody better to direct this film.
A clip from CBS shows Katie Couric and Captain Sullenberger talking about the moment, and it will be interesting to see how they make this into a full length film, especially when “3 and a half minutes” as cited by Couric was how long it took to make this specific decision to land.
View the interview below:
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