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Clint Eastwood to direct 'Miracle on the Hudson' movie

Clint Eastwood, director of Letters From Iwo Jima

Story by Jack Foley

CLINT Eastwood has confirmed that his first directing project since American Sniper will be a film based around the real-life ‘Miracle on the Hudson’.

The film will focus on hero pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, who famously crash-landed a plane in New York’s Hudson River in 2009, saving all 155 people on board the US Airways flight.

Warner Bros confirmed that Eastwood would direct and produce the drama, which will be based on Captain Sullenberger’s own memoir.

And the appointment of the screen icon as director was quickly welcomed by Sullenberger himself, who said: “I am very glad my story is in the hands of gifted storyteller and filmmaker Clint Eastwood.”

According to details so far released by Warner Bros, the as-yet untitled film will show the behind-the-scenes drama surrounding Sullenberger’s emergency landing on January 15, 2009, after multiple birds flew into the plane’s jet engines, causing them to fail.

Sullenberger’s book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, also details his personal history before the accident.

He retired after 30 years as a pilot in 2010 and now campaigns for better flight safety.

Also welcoming Eastwood’s involvement was Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros, who said: “Simply put, Clint Eastwood is at the top of his game, not to mention a global treasure.

“On the heels of his extraordinary work in American Sniper, it is tremendously exciting to see him explore another captivating true-life hero.”

American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal Chris Kyle, has become Eastwood’s biggest box-office hit to date, having taken $543.4m (£353.8m) globally.

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