Fresh off his recent Academy Award nomination, Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray has signed on to write the Jonah Hill vehicle The Ballad of Richard Jewell. Here we had assumed Hill just optioned an existing script but apparently he wants that sweet, sweet Oscar just as bad as Leo does. The screenplay will be adapted from Marie Brenner’s Vanity Fair article about the security guard wrongfully pilloried in the press for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as Jewell’s lawyer, and ten bucks says he wins the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this role. Then Jonah and Leo can make a movie about how their respective Oscar wins tore their friendship apart.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Jonah Hill attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)