The Disney/Fox drama, The Ballad of Richard Jewells, may be directed by Clint Eastwood, according to Deadline. Eastwood has considered the project before. The script is written by Billy Ray, the screenwriter for the thriller, Captain Phillips.
The story centers on an instance of media and accusation gone awry. Richard Jewells was a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He discovered pipe bombs in the compound and cleared the area, thus saving people’s lives. He was deemed a suspect after law enforcement made contact with a media outlet, sharing that Jewell may have been connected to the incident. These accusations made a permanent mark on his life and his overall health. The film is based on a Vanity Fair article called The Ballad of Richard Jewells.
Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio were once associated with the main roles in the film. However, currently, there are no actors lined up for the project, allowing Eastwood to create his own cast. Eastwood’s last directorial role was for his drama, The Mule. The film earned $17 million during its opening weekend. Eastwood also starred in the lead role, alongside other prominent actors such as Bradley Cooper and Laurence Fishburne.