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Clint Eastwood in Talks to Direct ‘Impossible Odds,’ Based on Memoir About Somali Pirates

Jessica Buchanan spent 93 days in the captivity of Somali land pirates.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood


Clint Eastwood is turning to another real-life tale of survival for what might be his next film. Just two years removed from “American Sniper” and with “Sully” still in theaters, the director will likely be helming Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm’s memoir “Impossible Odds,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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An account of Buchanan’s 93 days of captivity at the hands of Somali land pirates, during which time her husband worked to facilitate her rescue, the book was previously optioned by Clear Pictures Entertainment and Silver Reel Partners. The ordeal, which took place in 2011, ended when President Obama approved SEAL Team 6 to parachute in and rescue Buchanan and a fellow aid worker.

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Brian Helgeland, who co-wrote the screenplay for Eastwood’s “Mystic River,” is on script duty. The director’s other recent based-on-fact films include “J. Edgar,” “Invictus” and the “Flags of Our Fathers”/”Letters from Iwo Jima” cycle.

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