The Warner Brothers’ project is based on the book “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes.”
CBS The director has set his next project at Warner Bros. based on the story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, three Americans traveling in Europe who found themselves on a train from Brussels to Paris, where they thwarted an attempted Islamic terrorist attack by overpowering the Moroccan man armed with an AK-47. For their efforts they were awarded the French Legion of Honor,
While traveling around Europe, Sadler, Stone and Skarlatos boarded an Amsterdam to Paris train, when they heard breaking glass and a gunshot. Sadler said they saw a train employee running down the aisle followed by a man with an automatic rifle.
The gunman, later identified as Ayoub El-Khazzani was cocking his weapon to shoot when Stone tackled him down to the ground. Skarlatos jumped in and managed to wrestle the gun away from the assailant. El-Khazzani then pulled out a boxcutter and then stabbed Stone several times. Sadler jumped in and the three began to beat the gunman until he was unconscious.
Under custody with the French counter-terrorism police, the 26-year-old El-Khazzani was confirmed to have ties to Islamic terrorists.