Clint Eastwood circling Richard Jewell project
After American Sniper earned six Oscar nominations and became the biggest box-office hit of 2014, Clint Eastwood can basically make any movie he chooses. Deadline reported that he’s contemplating reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio for a movie about suspected-terrorist-turned-hero Richard Jewell, and EW has confirmed those discussions. DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company is one of the groups producing the Fox project, with a script by Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) and Jonah Hill attached to star as Jewell, the Centennial Olympic Park security guard who was initially vilified by the FBI and media after the 1996 bombing of the Atlanta Olympics. DiCaprio might co-star as Jewell’s attorney.
At one point, Paul Greengrass, who worked with Ray on Captain Phillips, was interested in directing. But if Eastwood decides this is what he wants, expect the pieces to fall in place rather quickly—even if Fox and Warner Bros., Eastwood’s home base, might need to hash out a deal to make it happen.