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Clint Eastwood set to tackle Jessica Buchanan kidnap

Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino

Story by Jack Foley

CLINT Eastwood is set to tackle another real-life story for his next film as director: that of kidnapped American aid worker Jessica Buchanan.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the iconic filmmaker is mulling over the project as a follow-up to Sully, his latest box office hit.

Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning 2003 film Mystic River, as well as 2002’s Blood Work, is writing the script.

Buchanan was working in Somalia in October 2011 when she and a colleague were ambushed by land pirates, sold out by their escort and protector, and taken hostage for 93 days in the desert.

It was left to Buchanan’s husband, Landemalm, to attempt to secure her release by working with various agencies to have his wife rescued.

In the end, President Barack Obama approved the engagement of SEAL Team 6, which parachuted into the area, killed all the pirates and extracted the pair.

The film would be based on Impossible Odds, the memoir written by Buchanan, her husband Erik Landemalm, and Anthony Flacco.

Eastwood is currently riding high at the US box office with his current film, Sully, which stars Tom Hanks as Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airlines pilot who became a hero after landing his passenger plane on the Hudson River.

The movie cost $60 million to make but has soared to over $107 million in the US alone to become the second biggest hit of Eastwood’s directorial career.

His previous film, 2014 hit American Sniper, starred Bradley Cooper as the true-life sniper Chris Kyle. It became one of the most successful war films ever made.

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