Clint Eastwood to Direct ‘The 15:17 to Paris,’ True-Life Terrorist Train Thriller

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut by helming The Beguiled: The Storyteller, a 12-minute documentary about director Don Siegel that was shot on location during production of The Beguiled, released in 1971. Sadly, it has not been made available publicly since then.

Eastwood directed his first feature, Play Misty for Me, later that year and steadily honed his talents on a wide variety of projects that reflected his personal interests. As both producer and director, he earned Academy Awards for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

In recent years he’s been increasingly attracted to real-life stories, such as Invictus, J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, American Sniper and Sully. Now he’s ready to take on another project that is drawn from a widely publicized true story.

Published last year, The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, A Train, and Three American Heroes relates the planned attack by a well-armed terrorist on board a crowded train traveling from Brussels to Paris in 2015. The terrorist’s plans were foiled by three American friends who happened to be on the same train–Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone–thus saving countless lives. They collaborated on the book with journalist Jeffrey E. Stern.


Eastwood (above on the set of Sully) has boarded the project as director, according to Deadline. Reportedly, he will begin the casting process right away and wants to start production later this year.

Eastwood will soon turn 87 years of age, but there’s certainly no indication that he’s slowing down. He’s known as a quick, precise director and if everything works out, we could see this movie in theaters as soon as next year.