"Captain Phillips" and "Shattered Glass" scribe Billy Ray has come onboard to pen the upcoming drama "The Ballad of Richard Jewell" at 20th Century Fox.
Based on a Vanity Fair article, the story revolves around the events that took place during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. A security guard (played Jonah Hill) reports a knapsack bomb at the summer games and finds himself becoming a suspect in the investigation of the terrorist plot.
Leonardo DiCaprio is producing and will star as the guard's lawyer. Hill, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Kevin Misher and Andy Berman will also produce.
In other scribe news, TWC-Dimension have announced that Mark Bomback ("The Wolverine," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") has signed on to pen the film adaptation of Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway thriller "Veronica's Room".
The story follows two students enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist the female student bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member's long-dead sister.
They belive her presence will comfort a dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. Things soon spiral into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder.
Source: Variety & TWC