Clint Eastwood, one of Hollywood’s few outspoken conservative thinkers, may be turning 89 this year, but he has no plans of slowing down his career.
Hot on the heels of last year’s hit film “The Mule” — which the “Dirty Harry” star acted in and directed — Eastwood is eyeing “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” as his next project.
The film follows the real-life story of the late Richard Jewell, a man who was a security guard at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jewell, then a 34-year-old man, discovered a backpack filled with explosives while on the clock. The security guard began immediately evacuating the area. The bomb ended up going off and injuring dozens and killing one, but Jewell no doubt saved many, many lives.
Jewell’s story didn’t end there though. While he should have been praised by the media as a hero, he was instead labeled a suspect. Though there was no actual evidence against him, the media put the man through the wringer. His personal life was picked apart and many talking heads theorized that the white Southern man fit the profile of the bomber and planted the explosives to make himself look like a hero.
When it was clear the man was innocent of any wrongdoing even to the most casual of observers, he successfully sued NBC News, CNN, and the New York Post.
Jewell would go on to work in law enforcement, but he could never shake the stain the media had put on him. He passed away in 2007 at the age of 44. Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to the bombing in 2005.
What’s sad about the Jewell case is that not much has changed. Jewell was a victim of wild conspiracy theories from a media hungry for a target who fit their political agenda. If that doesn’t sound familiar, then perhaps you have never heard of the Mueller report or President Donald Trump.
“The Ballad of Richard Jewell” is based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner that detailed Jewell’s public trials and tribulations. The script for the film has been written by Billy Ray.
Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio will be producing the upcoming picture and Hill was attached to star as Jewell at one point, but it’s unclear if he will still be acting in the movie.
Fake news may be a term made popular by the president only recently, but it’s a problem that has plagued citizens for decades. Richard Jewell’s story is proof of that and telling it in the context of today’s news cycle will certainly bring some interesting points to light.
While many in Hollywood have basically retired from storytelling in order to create propaganda to push whatever the latest extreme leftist agenda is, Clint Eastwood is one of the few radically independent thinkers in the industry.
Socially liberal and fiscally conservative, Eastwood has spoken at the Republican National Convention in the past and said positive things about everyone from Donald Trump to Ron Paul. He’s the perfect pick to tell Jewell’s story because he’s likely one of the only heavy hitters in Hollywood who is able to take a step back and see the ridiculous nature of the media in their coverage of everything from an every day hero to a president who angered the establishment by proving them wrong through victory.