Clint Eastwood Eyes Richard Jewell True Story

Clint Eastwood has set his sights on directing another true story in the form of The Ballad of Richard Jewell. The film will tell of Jewell’s heroism after discovering a bomb at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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Clint Eastwood wants to tell another “all American” hero story with The Ballad of Richard Jewell. From a screenplay by Billy Ray, who wrote Captain Phillips, the film will tell the true story of security guard, Jewell, who found a suspicious backpack during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and helped to clear bystanders before the bomb detonated.

The story took a strange turn when law enforcement began to investigate Jewell as a possible culprit. It became a national scandal and Jewell had gone from hero to villain. He was later cleared but not after his life had become a daily headline for weeks.

Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio were originally attached to star in the film but Eastwood is understood to be looking for new leads.

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