Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler participated in a "Hometown Heroes" parade in their honor on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, along Sacramento's Capital Mall. The parade honored the trio for thwarting an Aug. 21 terrorist attack on a train from Am Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler participated in a "Hometown Heroes" parade in their honor on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, along Sacramento's Capital Mall. The parade honored the trio for thwarting an Aug. 21 terrorist attack on a train from Am Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee

Movie News & Reviews

Clint Eastwood to direct film on Sacramento trio who thwarted French train attack

By Don Sweeney

dsweeney@sacbee.com

April 23, 2017 10:56 AM

UPDATED April 23, 2017 11:04 AM

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.

Video: Hometown hero Anthony Sadler at City Hall

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 Payne/apayne@sacbee.com. Production by Jose Luis Villegas/jvillegas@sacbee.com

Video: Hometown heroes hogtie gunman on train

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 terrorist.

efletcher@sacbee.com