Clint Eastwood is set to continue his run of films based on true stories.
Following on the success of American Sniper and the recent Sully, Eastwood is eyeing a project focusing on the real-life kidnapping of American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.
According to THR, Warner Bros. has optioned the memoir Impossible Odds, penned by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco. The project is in its early stages, but word is that Eastwood is likely making this his next movie.
It’s quite a story. In 2011, Buchanan and a colleague were working in Somalia when there sold out by their escort and handed over to land pirates. The pair spent 93 days living in the desert, while Buchanan’s husband worked tirelessly to get agencies to rescue his wife. President Barack Obama ended up sending over SEAL Team 6, which parachuted in, took out the pirates and rescued both Buchanan and her colleague.
Attached to write the screenplay is Brian Helgeland, who penned Clint Eastwood films Blood Work and Mystic River. Helgeland took home an Oscar for co-writing L.A. Confidential and has a resume that includes Payback, Man on Fire, Green Zone and last year’s Tom Hardy-starring gangster film Legend.
We’ll keep you informed on how this develops.