News: THE MULE, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood: now on disc and streaming!


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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2019, 02:36:24 AM »

This project has a lot of attractions. The first is that it's not just a hero's story, it's also a story of a man unjustly accused (of terrorism) and who suffered from having his reputation tainted despite the fact that he had been cleared. The subject is in my opinion very current because it reminds me of the current excesses of the media: let's just take the case of the media lynching that the press has shamefully done to Woody Allen: I find quite a lot of similarities with the case Richard Jewell: the man is declared innocent, but years after the accusations the press and public opinion continue to bait and torment him -and most people still consider him guilty-. I guess that's the heart of the subject that interested Clint.
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« Reply #21 on: April 21, 2019, 06:27:38 AM »

Thanks for everyone's contributions. I do find it interesting that Eastwood appears to be returning to direct a project that he passed on 5 years ago. There must be something that really attracts Eastwood to this project, and that's kind of intriguing.
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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2019, 07:31:31 PM »

I feel the same way AKA23. I'm ready for something new. But if it's an Eastwood directed movie I'm going to be interested in it and want to watch it. But yeah something new would be nice.
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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2019, 11:22:30 AM »

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« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2019, 03:43:34 PM »



Part of the attraction is the political climate that has been going on the past few years and the ramifications of how beyond shallow the media has become. As of this moment lawyer  L. Lin Wood is in the midst of big time lawsuits for on behalf of the late Jewell. It's a pretty sad and grim story in many aspects. Personally, I rather see other actors than Hill and Dicaprio if this ends up being Eastwood's next movie.
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« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2019, 03:05:48 PM »

Well, folks, it looks like Clint may be returning to direct this project. He was previously interested in making this a number of years ago.

I was kind of hoping that the success of "The Mule" might inspire him to direct more fictionalized stories. What does everyone think about Clint potentially making this his next film?

https://deadline.com/2019/04/clint-eastwood-the-ballad-of-richard-jewell-movie-disney-fox-1202598528/

Iím a little bit surprised to learn that Clint will possibly make The Ballad of Richard Jewell.
But itís a good surprise. These last years, I noticed that as an actor, Clint was still interested in fictionalized stories:
The Mule, Trouble with the Curve, Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby.
But as a director, he was more interested in real life stories.
AKA23, I understand your feelings.
However, The Ballad of Richard Jewell is a promising project. It could be a complex movie.
Iím curious to see which actor will play Richard Jewell: an actor like Joaquin Phúnix could be a good choice.
Anyway, Iím glad to see that Clint is still interested in making movies.
What do you think ?
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« Reply #26 on: May 07, 2019, 03:35:02 PM »

I don't know if this will affect the making of this movie or not, but apparently, there are upcoming plans to make a television series on this. If I were Eastwood, I wouldn't want to do a movie on this if there would soon be a TV series on the exact same events. The movie will likely be made first, but it seems like they would both cover similar ground, and a televised series would have much more time to develop the story compared to the movie. 

https://deadline.com/2019/05/manhunt-jack-huston-cameron-britton-season-2-spectrum-anthology-series-lionsgate-atlanta-olympics-bomber-eric-rudolph-richard-jewell-1202609069/#comments
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« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2019, 03:19:58 AM »

I don't know if this will affect the making of this movie or not, but apparently, there are upcoming plans to make a television series on this. If I were Eastwood, I wouldn't want to do a movie on this if there would soon be a TV series on the exact same events. The movie will likely be made first, but it seems like they would both cover similar ground, and a televised series would have much more time to develop the story compared to the movie. 

https://deadline.com/2019/05/manhunt-jack-huston-cameron-britton-season-2-spectrum-anthology-series-lionsgate-atlanta-olympics-bomber-eric-rudolph-richard-jewell-1202609069/#comments

It wouldnít be the first time that it will be many projects focused on the same subject.
In my opinion, I donít think that a TV series would affect the making of this movie.
Clintís project is for cinema and the other one is for television.
The audience of the two projects wonít be necessarily the same.
I just hope that Clint will be able to make the film he wanted.
Iím curious to know which actors will portray Richard Jewell.
Again, I would see Joaquin Phoenix. But I donít know if he will be available and if Clint would like to work with him.
What about you ? Which actor would you like to see portraying Richard Jewell in Clintís film ?
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« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2019, 02:47:13 PM »

Major shift down here. Clint is teaming up with WB again. Things are getting weird.

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/the-ballad-of-richard-jewell-warner-bros-clint-eastwood-1203225488/
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« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2019, 11:37:59 PM »

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« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2019, 03:16:47 AM »

Major shift down here. Clint is teaming up with WB again. Things are getting weird.

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/the-ballad-of-richard-jewell-warner-bros-clint-eastwood-1203225488/

That project didnít have the profile of a Disney project, in my opinion.
Recently, Disney has canceled many Fox projects.
Warner Bros is a better company for The Ballad of Richard Jewell.
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« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2019, 03:32:59 AM »

...shooting next month ?? with Jonah Hill ? https://deadline.com/2019/05/clint-eastwoods-the-ballad-of-richard-jewell-moves-to-warner-bros-1202622144/

Clintís two last pictures were shot on summer.
So, it makes sense that The Ballad of Richard Jewell would be shot next month.
At this point, nobody is officially involved in the acting department.
Jonah Hill was good in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.
But is he available now ?
Like I said in a previous post, I would see Joaquin Phoenix for the Richard Jewell part.
What do you think ?
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« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2019, 04:09:04 PM »

I have a feeling Clint may go for an unknown like he did for Gran Torino .
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« Reply #33 on: May 26, 2019, 01:16:50 AM »

For Jewell's lawyer, I would see Jim Carrey or Matthew Mcconaughey, but for Jewell himself, any idea.
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« Reply #34 on: May 26, 2019, 03:47:45 AM »

the actual events took place during the last days of July. So it's ideal to start shooting in July I guess.
for the role of Richard I do think Jonah Hill is still the ideal choice or even Chris Pratt?
and for the role of Lawyer, I think Leonardo DiCaperio would be a surprise, if not, Mathew, If not Matt Damon? what about Jake Gyllenhaal or Michael Fassbender?
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« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2019, 09:26:43 AM »

I have a feeling Clint may go for an unknown like he did for Gran Torino .

An unknown actor in the leading role would be interesting and daring but I donít think that it would happen this time.
That particular role needs a solid performance by a well-known actor, like Bradley Cooper in American Sniper or Tom Hanks in Sully. Maybe Iím wrong but I think that movies like Jersey Boys and The 15:17 to Paris suffered from the fact that the leading roles were portrayed by people who had no experience in movies.
One of the positive points of American Sniper and Sully is the great performance of the star.
Unknown actors are able to give great performances too, of course.
But itís safer to hire a good actor for the Richard Jewell part.
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« Reply #36 on: May 26, 2019, 09:47:46 AM »

the actual events took place during the last days of July. So it's ideal to start shooting in July I guess.
for the role of Richard I do think Jonah Hill is still the ideal choice or even Chris Pratt?
and for the role of Lawyer, I think Leonardo DiCaperio would be a surprise, if not, Mathew, If not Matt Damon? what about Jake Gyllenhaal or Michael Fassbender?

Leonardo DiCaprio has many projects and could be busy because of Quentin Tarantinoís Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Matt Damon could play Richard Jewell.
The most important is to have the right actors for the right roles.
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« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2019, 08:16:57 PM »

I have a feeling Clint may go for an unknown like he did for Gran Torino .

I agree with Hocine that this film needs a A-list actors for the main roles, and I doubt that Eastwood would go for an unknown so soon after The 15:17 to Paris.
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« Reply #38 on: May 29, 2019, 11:58:13 AM »

But Matt Damon is a little old for the role, isn't he ?

Richard Jewell was 33 yo during the JO of Atlanta, and died at 44. Matt Damon is already 48 Ö !

I think it would be beter to hire a new young rising actor, but I have any idea of who would suit for the role ...
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« Reply #39 on: May 29, 2019, 02:42:30 PM »

I think that Matt Damon is likely too old for this particular role, and also not the right body type, since Richard Jewell was quite overweight, so I wasn't necessarily supporting that specific suggestion. However, I do think that the movie needs recognizable actors with an established following, since Eastwood''s films as a director only, that are the most well received, like "American Sniper," "Sully," etc. tend to have A-list actors to support them.     
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