Flags of Our Fathers retells the story of seven US soldiers who hoisted the flag on top of Mount Suribachi and the misinterpretations of those who had credited being actually there to the effects after the war.
Eastwood initially failed to gain the rights to the novel on which the film is based on. Instead, they went to Spielberg, whose plans for the project soon stalled. A few years later at a governor's ball, the pair discussed the film which led to Eastwood directing, with Spielberg producing.
You actually chose the Marines because they had the best uniforms?