Hot off the success of American Sniper, the highest-grossing movie of 2014, Clint Eastwood is said to be setting his sights on yet another biopic, this time focused on 1996 Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell. Jonah Hill is attached to star as Jewell, a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics who was first seen as a hero and later a suspect in the bombing, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing the role of a Southern lawyer who helps him navigate the legal proceedings that followed. Paul Greengrass was being eyed to direct last year, but he dropped out to make the Matt Damon Bourne Sequel for Universal.
Clint Eastwood's potential involvement is not set in stone quite yet, since the director has always been loyal to his home studio Warner Bros., and this movie is set up at 20th Century Fox. Both studios are trying to work out some sort of a co-production deal, with Deadline reporting that the studios are "wary" of a joint venture, so it's possible this may not happen. However, a similar deal was struck for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, between Warner Bros. and Paramount.
Billy Ray wrote the screenplay, based on Marie Brenner's 1997 Vanity Fair article entitled The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which was once thought to be the title of this movie. Richard Jewell was first lauded as a hero for discovering a suspicious backpack and helping to clear the area before it exploded. He was later accused of placing the backpack there himself, which lead to his name being dragged through the media for months before he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the FBI three months later. Leonardo DiCaprio's character is a lawyer who casually knew Jewell and primarily focused on real estate closings.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are also producing alongside Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Kevin Misher and Andy Berman. Do you think Clint Eastwood would be the right director to take on this unique story? Let us know what you think below.