Clint Eastwood in talks to direct Impossible Odds

Eastwood, who previously helmed the true-life tales American Sniper and Sully for WB, is looking to direct the Buchanan film.

Brian Helgeland, who worked with Eastwood on the Oscar-winning film Mystic River (2003), and 2002's Blood Work, is writing the script. Greg Silverman and Julia Spiro who work at Warner Brothers will also help with production.

Published in 2013, the book chronicles aid worker Buchanan's 2011 kidnapping by Somali pirates.

The 86-year-old filmmaker is eyeing Jessica Buchanan's memoirs "Impossible Odds", which tells the real life story of her capture by militants and rescue by a Navy SEAL team in 2012. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters, held outdoors in filthy conditions, and kept on a starvation diet while her health steadily deteriorated. In the end, President Barack Obama approved the engagement of SEAL Team 6, which parachuted into the area, killed all the pirates and extracted the pair.

He also defended Donald Trump's string of controversial remarks, while promoting his latest film Sully, which has gone to became a major hit for the film-maker, grossing over $100m in the USA since opening in September. The biopic has received rave reviews for both Eastwood's directing and Tom Hanks performance as Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who landed a commuter jet in the Hudson River in 2009.

  • Sheila Mcguire