Clint Eastwood has proven himself a phenomenal actor time and time again, and over the years he's done a fantastic job at showing his chops as a director, having made films like Sully and American Sniper. Oscar-nominated films that tell stories of regular people doing heroic things. Well, he's at it again, the little stinker.
I don't know what I meant by that. But Clint Eastwood has picked the rights to the book The 15:17 to Paris and that will be the next film he directs. The book is called The 15:17 To Paris: the True Story Of a Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes. The authors and characters of the book, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone have also given their life rights as part of the deal.
The story recounts a true-life event that took place on August of 1015 and is set on a plane from Brussels to Paris. An Isis terrorist with an AK-47 and PLENTY of ammo was stopped in his terrorist attempt by three American friends. Here's the full description from the book:
On August 21, 2015, Ayoub El-Khazzani boarded train #9364 in Brussels, bound for Paris. There could be no doubt about his mission: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on board. Slipping into the bathroom in secret, he armed his weapons. Another major ISIS attack was about to begin.
Khazzani wasn't expecting Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone. Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the US Air Force, Skarlatos was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three were fearless. But their decision—to charge the gunman, then overpower him even as he turned first his gun, then his knife, on Stone—depended on a lifetime of loyalty, support, and faith.
Their friendship was forged as they came of age together in California: going to church, playing paintball, teaching each other to swear, and sticking together when they got in trouble at school. Years later, that friendship would give all of them the courage to stand in the path of one of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations.
The 15:17 to Paris is an amazing true story of friendship and bravery, of near tragedy averted by three young men who found the heroic unity and strength inside themselves at the moment when they, and 500 other innocent travelers, needed it most.
I'm not a huge war movie fan, but I love action movies, and this feels more like a real life version of Die Hard on a train than anything. Except it takes three guys to equal one John McClane... obviously.