Exclusive: Clint Eastwood
is circling to next direct The Ballad Of Richard Jewell
, and has been in discussions with Disney
drama based on the life of a security guard whose life was turned upside down in a moment after it was leaked by law enforcement to a reporter that Jewell was a possible suspect in the Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. From the moment he was outed by an article written by an overzealous reporter at the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jewell went from hero to one of the most hated men in America.
The script is by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips). Eastwood flirted with the project once before.
Jewell discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives that day, but after he was falsely accused he became a pariah. The project, based on the Vanity Fair
article The Ballad Of Richard Jewell