Warner Bros. has optioned the memoir 'Impossible Odds'
Clint Eastwood and Warner Bros. are looking to tell another story of American resolve.
The studio has optioned Impossible Odds, a memoir chronicling U.S. aid worker Jessica Buchanan’s 2011 kidnapping by Somali pirates and subsequent rescue by Navy SEALs, EW has learned.
Eastwood, who previously helmed the true-life tales American Sniper and Sully for WB, is looking to direct the Buchanan film.
Screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on Blood Work and Mystic River, is adapting Impossible Odds, which Buchanan wrote with husband Erik Landemalm and author Anthony Flacco.
Published in 2013, Buchanan’s book recounts how she and a colleague were captured by Somali pirates and held for ransom in the desert for three months. They were rescued unharmed in January 2012 by SEAL Team 6, the same elite unit that killed Osama bin Laden.
Both Sully and especially American Sniper — about “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley Sullenberger the decorated marksman Chris Kyle, respectively — connected at the box office, with the latter becoming the highest-grossing domestic movie released in 2014.