Warner Bros., Atlanta newspaper in war of words over ‘Richard Jewell’

Clint Eastwood is one of the best directors working in film today. I know he’s most known for acting in iconic westerns but it’s his work behind the camera that I enjoy most. The guy just knows how to tell a story, keeping you entertained all the way through.

Eastwood’s latest flick, “Richard Jewell,” set to hit theaters Friday tell the story of the man who was wrongly accused of bombing the Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1996.

From everything I’ve read, the news media isn’t going to enjoy this film as they are painted as the bad guy for jumping to conclusions and accusing Jewell of the crime essentially ruining the man’s life. If that wasn’t enough to get the news media angry, apparently one of the reporters, Kathy Scruggs, in the film as trading sex for information. That’s a claim that the Atlanta Journal Constitution vehemently disputes.

In fact, the newspaper sent a letter to Eastwood, Warner Bros. and the film’s screenwriter demanding that a disclaimer be added to the film and a public statement saying that:

“publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization were used in the film’s portrayal of events and characters. We further demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film to that effect.”

Well, Warner Bros. fired right back saying:

“The film is based on a wide range of highly credible source material,” Warner Bros.’ statement reads. “There is no disputing that Richard Jewell was an innocent man whose reputation and life were shredded by a miscarriage of justice. It is unfortunate and the ultimate irony that the Atlanta Journal Constitution, having been a part of the rush to judgment of Richard Jewell, is now trying to malign our filmmakers and cast. ‘Richard Jewell’ focuses on the real victim, seeks to tell his story, confirm his innocence and restore his name. The AJC’s claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend against them.”

Who knows how this will all play out. Either way this is great publicity for Eastwood’s newest film.

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