Director Clint Eastwood will attempt to land yet another award-winning American Hero movie with a new film based on the life of US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger.

In 2009, shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger’s jet flew into a flock of geese and lost both engines. With no power to stay airborne and no time to reach an airport, he steadily and expertly maneuvered the crowded jetliner over New York City and landed it in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard.

It made Sully an instant hero, earning him the title “Captain Cool” from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Afterward, Sully was surprised by all the accolades that he received, but, he wrote, “I realize how this event had touched people’s lives, how ready they were for good news, how much they wanted to feel hopeful again…  We’ve had a worldwide economic downturn, and people are confused, fearful and just so ready for good news. They want to feel reassured that all the things we value, all our ideals, still exist.”

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Eastwood’s film will be based on Sullenberger’s memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.

Filming starts in the fall, no title has been announced and no actors have yet been named, but we already know it’s going to have a happy ending.

(READ more at The Hollywood Reporter) –  Photo credit: Greg L, and gdcgraphics, via CC

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