David O. Russell
and the novel The Silver Linings Playbook
have been mentioned in the same breath for a while, but several reports now say the Weinstein Company has finally swooped in and contracted the writer-director to helm the project.
Published last fall, the novel, by Matthew Quick, concerns a former high-school teacher who
moves in with his mother after a time at a mental hospital. His attempts to re-enter his past life balance
quirk with understated pathos, which fits in nicely with Russell’s
off-kilter oeuvre, including I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings.
Russell will write and direct, and though no one is attached to star, a
little voice somewhere calls out the name Jason Schwartzman.
Russell’s latest movie, Nailed, follows an erratic small-town waitress
who ends up in Washington D.C. after a nail becomes lodged in her head.
A political satire and romantic comedy, naturally, the movie suffered
through an under-financed production, and its future release still isn’t settled.
News: Gyllenhaal, Morgan and Mardsen to get Nailed
Feature: Arthouse Powerhouse 2005
IMDb: David O. Russell
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