David O. Russell to adapt The Silver Linings Playbook

David O. Russell

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.

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