Clint Eastwood has signed on to direct a film about three Sacramento men who stopped a terror attack on a French train in 2015, reports Deadline.com.
Friends Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler helped subdue a heavily armed man who opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015. Police said their actions prevented a terror attack. The attacker slashed Stone with a box-cutter in the fracas, and all three men were among those later awarded the Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration.
Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler, who all have local roots, also were feted as “Hometown Heroes” at a Sacramento parade in their honor. They went on to write a book, “The 15:17 to Paris,” with veteran journalist Jeffrey E. Stern about their experiences. The book became the basis for a script by Dorothy Blyskal, reports Deadline.com.
The Hollywood news site reports that Eastwood plans to begin casting immediately for production later this year.
Never miss a local story.
Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access.
Sacramento State University student and internationally celebrated hero, Anthony Sadler, appeared before a crowd of cheering fans at Sacramento City Hall with his father, Anthony R. Sadler, and Mayor Kevin Johnson. Anthony Sadler and two other young men foiled a planned terrorist attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris on August 21, 2015. Video by Autumn Payneemail@example.com. Production by Jose Luis Villegasfirstname.lastname@example.org
Three men who grew up in Sacramento subdued a gunman on a high-speed train in France. Oak Park Pastor Tony Sadler relays his son's account of how the men disarmed the suspected email@example.com