Q&A: UCLA Extension Alum Talks Journey to Becoming Hollywood Screenwriter

Dorothy Blyskal’s first job in the film industry was working as a production assistant on Clint Eastwood’s 2016 film “Sully.”

Now, the UCLA Extension alumna is the screenwriter for Eastwood’s latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” which will be in wide release Friday.

On Blyskal’s last job as a production secretary for reshoots of “Logan,” one of the producers approached her about writing “The 15:17 to Paris” – her first major writing credit. Blyskal accepted, and began adapting the script from the book “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes.” The film tells the true story of three American soldiers – played by the actual soldiers that the story is based on – who helped stop a 2015 attack on a Paris-bound train. – Daily Bruin, February 7, 2018

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Image Source: Daily Bruin, Kevin Kielty