Clint Eastwood has plans to follow up Sully with a Jessica Buchanan biopic
With his latest, Sully, having already pulled in more than $167 million at the worldwide box office, director Clint Eastwood is reportedly next plannig a Jessica Buchanan biopic. Variety has the news, reporting that the film will adapt Jessica Buchanan’s New York Times best-selling autobiography “Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.”
Published in 2014, the book is officially described by published Simon and Schuster as follows:
In 2006, twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Buchanan stepped off a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, with a teaching degree and long-held dreams of helping to educate African children. By 2009, she had met and married a native Swede named Erik Landemalm, who worked to coordinate humanitarian aid with authorities in Africa. Together the two moved from Nairobi to Somalia, and with hopes of starting a family, their future couldn’t have been brighter. . . .
But on October 25, 2011, Jessica and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by a band of Somali pirates. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, held outdoors in filthy conditions, and kept on a starvation diet while her health steadily deteriorated. Negotiations for ransom dragged on, and as the ordeal stretched into its third month, the captors grew increasingly impatient. Every terrifying moment Jessica Buchanan spent suffering in captivity was matched by that of her adoring husband working behind the scenes to deal with her captors. After ninety-three days of fruitless negotiations, and with Jessica’s medical state becoming a life-or-death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt a rescue operation. On January 25, 2012, just before the president delivered his State of the Union speech, the team of twenty-four SEALs, under the cover of darkness, attacked the heavily armed hostiles. They killed all nine with no harm to the hostages, who were quickly airlifted out on a military rescue helicopter.
Brian Helgeland, who has previously worked with Eastwood on films like Blood Work and Mystic River, will provide the screenplay for the Jessica Buchanan biopic. Greg Silverman and Julia Spiro will oversee for Warner Bros. Pictures.
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