THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – “He gave Sully my phone number, and that’s how it all started,” producer Frank Marshall says.
Harrison Ford had a role in Sully — behind the scenes, that it.
Sully producer Frank Marshall revealed during The Hollywood Reporter’s Producer Roundtable that Ford was responsible for getting the story of the Hero of the Hudson, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, to the big screen.
“[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,” Marshall said. “This was six or seven years ago.”
The retired airline captain apparently picked Ford’s brain about his recently written memoir, 2009’s Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, when he asked if it could be a movie. Harrison told him to give his friend Marshall — with whom he worked on the Indiana Jones films -— a call.
“He gave Sully my phone number, and that’s how it all started,” Marshall recalled. “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.'”
When asked if Ford wanted to star in the film, himself, Marshall said, “I don’t think so. I asked him, of course. But no. I think Harrison wanted to just give us the gift of the story.”