Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct the upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell (also referred to as American Nightmare. The project stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

The film is based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner with the same name and tells the true story of the events that took place during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

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Security guard Richard Jewell reports a knapsack bomb at the summer games and finds himself becoming a suspect in the investigation of the terrorist plot. Jonah Hill will be portraying Richard Jewell, while Leonardo DiCaprio is playing his lawyer.

Paul Greengrass will direct from a screenplay by Captain Phillips' scribe Billy Ray. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are also producing with Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Kevin Misher. The acting pair previously worked together in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

A production schedule has not been announced.