THR reports that none other than Harrison Ford had a hand behind the scenes to make sure Sully become a reality. This year's Clint Eastwood-directed biopic starred Tom Hanks in the lead role to retell the story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The pilot who remarkably managed to land US Airways Flight 1549 safely in New York's Hudson River.
Producer Frank Marshall spilled the beans though to say this never would have been possible. At least, if Ford not involved. He explained that a bit of networking and opportunism at Washington DC was the difference between a movie and a concept that never was.
Han Solo Reaches Out For Clint and Co
The real life Sully Sullenberger had just completed his memoir of the dramatic events that led to the 2009 morning titled Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. And it would be Harrison Ford sitting adjacent to the pilot that helped him get the idea off the page and onto the screen. Floating the idea that the story would suit a movie, the Indian Jones star gave a sound piece of advice.
"This was six or seven years ago," started Marshall. "(Ford) was at a dinner at the White House, an aviation dinner, and there were all of these aviation heroes, and one of them was Sully. He gave Sully my phone number, and that's how it all started. I went to the publisher in Beverly Hills, and there's Sully, and I'm awed by this man, and he trusted Harrison and he trusted me, and he said, 'OK, I'm going to give you the rights.'"
Director: Blade Runner Reboot Has Been A Challenge
Aside from being an uncredited producer, Ford has been hard at work reviving his 1982 classic sci-fi action thriller Blade Runner alongside Ryan Gosling. And 680 News reports that director Denis Villeneuve has found it incredibly hard to get the balance right with all the hype and expectation surrounding the upcoming epic.
Speaking to journalists from Budapest on set, he says that Blade Runner 2040 has been tough.
“I’ve never worked that hard — never,” begun Villeneuve. “It’s very different for me, by far the most difficult genre that I’ve approached so far. It’s very difficult to do science fiction. I thought that I would be free and that I would feel a relief because I would have the freedom because of the genre, and it’s the opposite. It’s so difficult to do but I’ve had a lot of fun.”