Eastwood to make movie on thwarted Paris train attacker

Trio Friends Anthony Sadler Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone foiled a gunman who had boarded a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015

Trio Friends Anthony Sadler Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone foiled a gunman who had boarded a train from Amsterdam to Paris in August 2015

Eastwood has become known for turning real-life stories of heroism into critically-acclaimed movies. The three Americans - two of them off-duty members of the armed forces - charged at the gunman and subdued him with the help of another British passenger, Chris Norman.

Post Sully and American Sniper, Clint Eastwood will continue his streak of movie-making about regular guys who turn into unexpected heroes.

The actor-turned-moviemaker met Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone, childhood friends who helped to restrain a gunman as he prepared to open fire on a train from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Paris in August, 2015, at Spike TV's annual Guys Choice Awards past year (16), when Eastwood honoured the men for their bravery.

Brave US airman Stone was stabbed in the neck above his brow and almost severed his thumb as he tried to tackle the Kalashnikov-wielding terrorist
Brave US airman Stone was stabbed in the neck above his brow and almost severed his thumb as he tried to tackle the Kalashnikov-wielding terrorist

The 15:17 to Paris is set to chart the trajectory of three USA citizens - Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone - who, along with two Frenchmen (Mark Moogalian and a man identified only as "Damien A."), subdued a heavily armed Isis operative planning to carry out a deadly attack on Thalys train 9364. The latter snapped up more than $700 million at the box office worldwide and a string of Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. This comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which confirms that this will be Eastwood's next directing gig.

Mr Stone also had to stick his fingers into an injured man's neck to stem the bleeding until paramedics arrived.

The story Clint Eastwood's next project is a film about hero backpackers first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.