Hard to find patriotic-type movies coming out of Hollywood.
It takes Eastwood to do it.
Recently saw one of his offerings, “Trouble With The Curve.” A baseball movie, very formulaic, portraying Eastwood as a crusty old fart unable to express emotions.
You knew how it was going to end but wanted to watch anyway because it made you feel good.
Post Sully and America Sniper, Clint Eastwood will continue his streak of moviemaking about regular guys who turn into unexpected heroes.
The director has set his next project at Warner Bros. based on the story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, three Americans traveling in Europe who found themselves on a train from Brussels to Paris, where they thwarted an attempted terrorist attack by overpowering the man armed with an AK-47.
The story was heavily covered on cable news, where the friends, one of which was in the Oregon National Guard and the other in the U.S. Air Force, were lauded for their bravery.
The feature will be based on the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes written by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern.
Dorothy Blyskal adapted the book for the feature, which will be produced by Eastwood, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.
As of late, the seasoned actor-director has found considerable success in the thrust-upon hero genre. Sully, which starred Tom Hanks as “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Sully Sullenberger, grossed nearly $240 million at the global box office, while American Sniper earned an impressive $547 million and six Oscar nominations, including one for best picture.
Eastwood is attached as a producer to the Warner Bros. remake of A Star Is Born, which is the directorial debut of his American Sniper lead Bradley Cooper. He also is working with the studio on Impossible Odds, the true story of aid worker Jessica Buchanan, who was kidnapped by Somali pirates.