Clint Eastwood to Direct Jessica Buchanan Biopic Impossible Odds
It's been just over a month since Clint Eastwood's Sully hit theaters, and it didn't take long for the 86-year-old filmmaker to line up his next project. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Jessica Buchanan's autobiography Impossible Odds, which she wrote with Anthony Flacco, for a feature adaptation that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct. Brian Helegeland will write the screenplay adaptation of the book, which chronicles Jessica Buchanan's harrowing true story.
Jessica Buchanan was an American humanitarian aid worker, who traveled to Somalia to help local children. On October 25, 2011, she and a colleague were captured by Somali pirates and held for ransom in harsh conditions. After 93 days of negotiations, President Obama ordered Seal Team Six to attempt a daring rescue operation, and on January 25, 2012, the team of 24 Navy SEALS killed all nine pirates and rescued the hostages safely.
Variety reports that Anthony Flacco and Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management are attached as associate producers. Greg Silverman and Julia Spiro are overseeing the production for Warner Bros. It remains unclear when production may begin on Impossible Odds, or if the studio is eyeing a specific release date for this biopic.
Clint Eastwood has become more and more drawn to these types of stories in recent years. His last four movies have been biopics, based on true stories, 2011's J. Edgar, 2014's Jersey Boys, American Sniper, the highest grossing movie of 2015, and last month's Sully, which has already earned $113.2 million domestically and $167.2 million worldwide, from a $67 million budget. Only time will tell if Impossible Odds becomes the latest in this beloved director's string of hits.
This new film Impossible Odds will mark the third collaboration between Clint Eastwood and writer Brian Helgeland. The writer provided the screenplays for the director's Best Picture nominee Mystic River and Blood Work. Brian Helgeland most recently wrote and directed 42 and Legend, both of which are based on true stories.