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‘O.J.: Made in America’ Director in Talks to Helm Jonah Hill’s Richard Jewell Movie

“O.J.: Made in America” director Ezra Edelman is in talks with Fox to direct Jonah Hill in the studio’s Richard Jewell biopic.

Hill, who has been attached since 2014, is producing the project — based on the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing — with Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio’s partner, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and Kevin Misher are also producing. “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray is writing the script, based on Marie Brenner’s article in Vanity Fair.

The Vanity Fair story follows a security guard who reported on the knapsack bomb at the 1996 Summer Games and helped clear bystanders — only to find himself vilified and suspected of being involved in the terrorism plot. Jewell was cleared as a suspect three months later and died in 2007 of a heart attack at the age of 44.

Mike Ireland is overseeing the project for Fox.

The movie would mark Edelman’s narrative feature directorial debut. His documentary on Simpson explored the rise and fall of the infamous football star, who was acquitted of killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and then imprisoned for another crime 13 years later. “O.J.: Made in America,” produced by ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Edelman also directed the HBO Sports documentaries “Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals,” “The Curious Case of Curt Flood,” and the Emmy Award-winning “Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush.” He’s repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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