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Paul Greengrass to Team Up with Di Caprio and Jonah Hill
Paul Greengrass is possibly one of the biggest directing names in Hollywood right now after his recent success with the true-life gripping drama, Captain Phillips. Now, he is reportedly readying himself to direct yet another true-life film named, American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell. Greengrass will direct the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio and Jonah Hill who are also signed on to the project, according to Deadline.
The film is based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article written by Marie Brenner, whose other big story article was the main ingredient for the 1999 Michael Mann drama, The Insider. Her work is again a starting point for a film which tackles a difficult subject matter. The plot of the upcoming movie follows the heroic security guard, Richard Jewell, who discovers a suspicious backpack containing pipe bombs in the Olympics’ compound during the 1996 games in Atlanta. He is soon identified as a possible terrorist suspect, and his good work in helping clear bystanders from the area before the bomb exploded is quickly forgotten. Jewell’s life soon turns into the ultimate American nightmare, where his personal and professional lives come into question from the media and police.
Paul Greengrass seems to suit this type of true story down to the ground. He is great at never going in with a biased approach, as he lets the audience draw their own conclusions about the terrorists in his films. Captain Phillips is a great example of this, as Greengrass showed both points of view from Tom Hanks’ ship captain, to the Somali pirate leader, Muse, as we were shown what motivates him to go and take hostages on ships.
The other film that gained Greengrass his reputation, is the 9/11 pic, United 93: an example of his talent in dealing with tough and delicate material. So, The Balled of Richard Jewell seems pretty safe in Greengrass’s hands, and the cast is pretty good to.
Jonah Hill, who recently made quite a name for himself in playing deeper and more dramatic roles like 2011’s Moneyball, and 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, has been thought of as the one who would fit the Richard Jewell role perfectly. As for Di Caprio, well, he will play his lawyer who mostly dealt with real estate matters before Jewell’s case.
No other news as yet as to who will appear in the film, but I suspect these two will be the only big names, as it is set to be a deep character study of Jewell’s character and will explore the damage that can be done from reporting unreliable information to the police.
Di Caprio will also produce the film through his Appian Way alongside Hill, Kevin Misher, and Jennifer Davison Killoran. The project is all set to be distributed to Twentieth Century Fox pretty soon.
The release date hasn’t been set yet, but we can probably expect a release sometime in early 2016, as Di Caprio and Hill are both working on other projects right now. Another reason this project might not kick off straight away is because Greengrass and Matt Damon are teaming up for another Bourne Film.
Let me know below whether you followed Richard Jewell’s story at the time, and whether you think Paul Greengrass is a good choice for director.