California: Clint Eastwood to make movie of French jihadi attack

Hollywood director Clint Eastwood is to make a film based on an attack by Islamist Ayoub El Khazzani on a train travelling between Brussels and Paris in 2015.

The story will focus on the passengers who stopped the jihadi attack and the account, The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes, will provide the basis of the movie’s storyline.

The 15:17 To Paris was written by Californian boyhood friends Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone who subdued the attacker.

The trio overpowered El Khazzani after he opened fire with a Kalashnikov assault rifle on the train. Stone was a medic in the US military, Skarlatos an Oregon National Guard and Sadler was a student at Cal State.

All three were given France’s highest award, the Legion d’honneur, for stopping the attack

Three others were also honoured for their part in subduing the gun man, including Briton Chris Norman and Mark Moogalian, who was shot during the jihadi attack.

Eastwood intends casting immediately and production will start later this year.

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