After the unbelievable success of American Sniper, director Clint Eastwood can now pick any project he chooses to film next. New reports say he has his eye on another project that’s based on a true story, and it may surprise you.
Sources say that Eastwood, 84, is interested in directing Leonardo DiCaprio’s new film The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which centers around the security guard who saved countless lives at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta bombing, only to become a suspect himself.
Jewell noticed a suspicious backpack at the Olympics and minimized the damage with his quick thinking, which saved countless lives. Initially, he was hailed as a hero, but then the press turned on him when rumors spread that he planted the bomb himself, and he was then vilified and mocked by the mainstream media for months. The FBI proved that these allegations were completely false three months later, but by then Jewell’s life was already ruined. He died in 2007 at the age of 44.
Eastwood has some experience with being vilified by the mainstream media, so it comes as no surprise that his next project will likely explore how cruel they can be.
The film is set to star two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill as Jewell, with DiCaprio playing his hotshot lawyer. The only thing holding up Eastwood from committing to this project right now is his loyalty to Warner Brothers Studios, as the film is being produced by Fox. However, the studios are currently in talks to make a deal that would allow Eastwood to make the film.
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