Clint Eastwood Eyeing Another True-Life Story: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan

     October 10, 2016


Clint Eastwood’s last couple films have all taken inspiration from true events or people. J. Edgar saw Leonardo DiCaprio as the first director of the FBI, American Sniper saw Bradley Cooper as Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle, and his most recent, Sully, saw Tom Hanks as the Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. It looks like Eastwood is sticking with this trend and going after the story surrounding Jessica Buchanan, the American aid worker kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2011.

According to THR, Eastwood is eyeing this as his next project with Warner Bros., who distributed Sully, American Sniper, Jersey Boys, and more of his films. The film is based on Buchanan’s memoir called Impossible Odds, which she worked on with her husband Erik Landemalm.


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Buchanan, then 27, and her colleague were kidnapped by pirates while working in Somali, having been sold out by their escort. For the next three months, they were terrorized and forced to live in the desert, while Buchanan’s husband worked through what channels he could to rescue them. They eventually were when President Barack Obama green lit Seal Team 6 to parachute in January 2012.

If you consider Eastwood’s most recent work, The Impossible adds to his pattern of stories about American heroes or figures that’ll relate more to domestic audiences — and so far it’s been paying off handsomely. American Sniper was the highest-grossing film in the U.S. in 2014 with a worldwide total of $547 million. Sully has grossed more than $167 million worldwide.

Here’s part of the lengthy synopsis of The Impossible from Amazon:

In riveting detail, this book chronicles Jessica and Erik’s mutual journey during those torturous months. Together they relate the events prior to the kidnapping, the drama of Jessica’s fight to stay alive, and Erik’s efforts to bolster and support the hunt for her while he acted as liaison between their two families, the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government. Both a testament to two people’s courage and a nail-biting look at a life-or-death struggle, this is a harrowing and deeply personal story about their triumph over impossible odds.

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