‘Sully’ biopic adds East­wood

Los Angeles Times - - CULTURE MONSTER - — Oliver Get­tell

Clint East­wood’s next movie has been cleared for take­off.

The “Amer­i­can Sniper” film­maker is set to di­rect Warner Bros.’ as-yet-un­ti­tled biopic about Capt. Ch­es­ley B. “Sully” Sul­len­berger III, the vet­eran pi­lot who safely landed a dis­abled jet­liner on the Hud­son River in 2009, the stu­dio an­nounced Tues­day. East­wood will work from a script by Todd Ko­mar­nicki, based on the book “High­est Duty: My Search for What Re­ally Mat­ters,” by Sul­len­berger and Jef­frey Zaslow.

The film will re­count how Sul­len­berger suc­cess­fully set US Air­ways Flight 1549 and its 155 pas­sen­gers down onto the icy, 65-foot-deep wa­ters by Man­hat­tan with no ca­su­al­ties. The film also prom­ises to ex­plore be­hindthe-scenes drama that could have cost Sul­len­berger his rep­u­ta­tion and his wings.

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