Director Clint Eastwood may have found his next film project. According to The Tracking Board, he is looking at directing and starring in a film called The Mule. The movie will tell the true story of Leo Sharp, who was a 90-year-old drug smuggler. At 87-years-old this is the perfect project for Eastwood to star in and direct! Eastwood will obviously take on the role of Leo.
Back in 2014, The New York Times Magazine ran a story on Sharp and not long after a studio picked up the rights and attached Ruben Fleischer (Gangster Squad) to direct and produce it. I'm glad it didn't happen because Eastwood is a much better choice for the project which tells quite an interesting and peculiar story. If you're not familiar with the story, here's a brief rundown:
Sharp was an award-winning horticulturist and decorated WWII veteran known for his prized day lilies when he was busted for running drugs for Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, and sent to prison at the age of 90. He was transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan in his beat-up old pickup truck when he was arrested by the DEA. Sharp was sentenced to just three years after his lawyer argued that his client’s dementia sent him down the wrong path.
The screenwriter behind Eastwood's Gran Torino, Nick Schenk, wrote the initial draft of the script, and then it was recently rewritten by Weeds writer Dave Holstein.
Eastwood isn't officially signed on to the project yet, but I hope that he ends up doing it! Eastwood's next film, The 15:16 to Paris is set to be released on February 9th.