Even at the age of 89, Clint Eastwood is one of the fastest filmmakers working today. This fact is proven by the news that Warner Bros. is quickly releasing his latest film, “Richard Jewell,” just in time for awards consideration, a mere six months after cameras started rolling.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has officially listed Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell” to be released in theaters nationwide on December 13. Production on the biopic began in June, and it appears that the filmmaker has been working at a frantic pace to get the film finished in time for a last-minute awards campaign in 2019.
“Richard Jewell” tells the incredible true story of the title subject, a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games who found himself in the middle of an FBI investigation after being wrongfully accused of planting a bomb and trying to be the “hero” by helping potential victims escape. Those who remember the story know that Jewell was eventually given a pass by officials, but the stigma of being accused followed him for years to come.
The film stars Paul Walter Hauser (of “I, Tonya” fame) as Jewell and Sam Rockwell as his lawyer. Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde, and Kathy Bates also lend their talents to Eastwood’s latest.
This is the second film in as many years from Eastwood. Last year, he released the film “The Mule,” which he also starred in. That film, while not the awards monster that some anticipated, went on to be a pretty big box office winner for the filmmaker. Released almost exactly a year before ‘Richard Jewell,’ “The Mule” had a production budget of $50 million and ended up earning over $174 million worldwide, becoming his fourth-best domestic performer with over $103 million just from North America.
We’ll have to see if Eastwood’s luck continues in 2019, when “Richard Jewell” hits theaters on December 13.