7 items from 2009
Written by Matt Goldberg I love that I'm so far from behind the scenes of Hollywood deal making that I'm left to draw my own whimsical conclusions solely from the notices that appear in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. For instance, a couple weeks ago we reported that Christian Bale would join Mark Wahlberg in the film "Prisoners". Then today, Variety reports that Bale wants to join Wahlberg again for "The Fighter". This leads me to believe that Bale has a major man-crush on Mark Wahlberg and scribbles "Cb + Mw" in his notebooks. Then there's David O. Russell who I thought was persona-non-grata in Hollywood after his YouTube infamy on "I Heart Huckabees" and the struggles in producing "Nailed". But now he's back on a hot streak. He has "The Silver Linings Playbook", "Aaron and Sarah", and now he may direct "The »
Variety is reporting what comes as a rather large bit of casting and director replacement news as we find out Christian Bale is set to star with Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, but not for Darren Aronofsky as originally lined up, but for David O. Russell. Aronofsky had been attached to direct the pic for some time and even said it was still in the works when I interviewed him back in December, but it appears he just couldn't get it to his liking and moved on. Aronofsky had eyed both Matt Damon and Brad Pitt for the role Bale now occupies. Now, Russell will take the helm in a film that will tonally be more like his Three Kings than I Heart Huckabees, I presume, as the story centers on boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's (Wahlberg) unlikely road to the world lightweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother »
- Brad Brevet
Our favorite hot-head filmmaker is clearly in a world of his own, and it looks like that's true not only of David O. Russell's films, but also his career path. He struggled to get Nailed finished in the face of increasing money woes, then the economy tanks, and he starts lining up the projects. One person's meltdown is the next's yellow brick road? First there was The Grackle. Then there was The Silver Linings Playbook. And now -- a romcom.
Variety reports that the Huckabees director has signed on to helm a new romantic comedy called Aaron and Sarah for Fox 2000. Surprisingly, this doesn't sound like his usual quirky fare. The feature will focus on a nerdy guy and a popular girl in high school. They meet as freshman, and over the course of "four years of high school, four proms and one funeral, become friends and eventually fall in love. »
- Monika Bartyzel
- After making political films, existential mindf*cks and then getting “nailed” by production woes, I can understand why David O. Russell might want to hit the "off" switch and take on something less demanding after-all, the teenage rom com seems to be the more popular menu du jour item these days. Aaron and Sarah will be produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. At this point we are unsure whether Russell will work on this already set script or hit The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel for the Weinstein Co. Before putting the project in turnaround, I quite liked the commonly overused term as a film title) Rogue Pictures had set George Lucas in Love director Joe Nussbaum (whose contribution to the film world came with teenage demo films Sleepover and Sydney White) to direct. Now Fox 2000 have changed the title and the overall direction of the project »
Written by Matt Goldberg I thought David O. Russell was sort of done in Hollywood. His conflicts with actors on-set has made him notorious and there doesn't seem to be a high return on the investment. His previous film, "Nailed", was plagued with financing problems. And this is all kind of a shame because despite behind-the-scenes drama and box office receipts, I think the guy is a talented filmmaker who tells interesting stories. But now he's come roaring back. A couple weeks ago we learned that he was attached to write and direct the adaptation of Matthew Quick's debut novel, "The Silver Linings Playbook". Today, Variety is reporting that Russell is now on board to helm "Aaron and Sarah" which from the plot sounds way too bland and uninteresting for Russell: "The story centers on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who meet »
Despite the financial troubles David O. Russell had with his upcoming feature, Nailed, it isn't stalling his career any even though he isn't necessarily a director known for churning out a film each year -- or even a film every four years for that matter. Since directing Three Kings back in 1999, Russell has only directed I Heart Huckabees and a short titled Soldiers Pay in 2004. After Nailed he has already lined up a filmed adaptation of Matthew Quick's debut novel "The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel," which was announced on March 29, and now we learn from Variety he is eying the romantic comedy Aaron and Sarah for Fox. Aaron and Sarah centers on a nerdy guy and a popular girl who meet as freshmen and, over four years of high school, four proms and one funeral, become friends and eventually fall in love. The script was written by »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Co. hearts David O. Russell.
Sources say the New York minimajor has attached Russell to write and direct an adaptation of "The Silver Linings Playbook," the project it's developing based on Matthew Quick's offbeat novel.
Quick's debut book tells the story of Pat Peoples, a former high school teacher who, after being released from a four-year stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother; he then seeks to remake himself in the hope of reconciling with his ex-wife.
The Weinstein Co. declined comment.
The CAA-repped Russell most recently directed "Nailed," about a small-town waitress who goes to Washington after an accident with a nail causes her to engage in unpredictable behavior.
The CAA-repped hyphenate has a penchant for material featuring quirky characters, »
- By Steven Zeitchik
7 items from 2009
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