13 items from 2010
Back in October, we reported that actor Nathan Fillion had begun a Twitter campaign to get himself the lead role in David O. Russell's adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Last month, we learned that the role had gone to frequent O. Russell collaborator, Mark Wahlberg. However, it looks like no one told Fillion fan, "gregblessing27", as he asked Russell point blank to cast Fillion. While I agree that Fillion would be a better choice for the role than Wahlberg, O. Russell clearly feels comfortable in his relationship with Wahlberg and Sony, the studio behind the film and the game, probably prefers to have an actor with Wahlberg's name recognition attached to the project. Of course, it's unknown if Uncharted will be O. Russell's next project as he's also considering Old St. Louis and The Silver Linings Playbook. Hit the jump to check out the video and be uncomfortable. »
- Matt Goldberg
Lately there's a casting rumor every single day, and the latest is a one-two for Anne Hathaway, who has been mentioned as the latest possible lead  for the revamped Barbarella, and for David O. Russell's possible feature  The Silver Linings Playbook. But The Playlist  talked to a rep for the actress who says she hasn't been formally attached to either film. And David O. Russell says that with respect to The Silver Linings Playbook "those people have definitely read the script and there’s a whole conversation going on." 'Those people' refers to Bradley Cooper and Anne Hathaway, but obviously it's still rather early on both counts. More as this develops. Am I alone in hoping the Barbarella remake will just die quietly off in a corner? The original is campy fun and, yeah, goofy titillating stuff. And sure, I'd like to see Anne Hathaway in some of those costumes. »
- Russ Fischer
David O. Russell is one busy guy. A rep for the director — whose December brawler drama The Fighter is winning serious Oscar buzz – confirms to EW that he is circling The Silver Linings Playbook, a quirky romance about a high school teacher who spends time in a mental hospital, as a possible directorial project, after signing on to pen the screenplay for the Weinstein Company project back in 2008. That’s in addition to his upcoming movie adaptation of the treasure-hunting videogame Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. But the rep also makes clear Russell is not yet sure which film he’ll tackle next. »
- John Young
He’s definitely very busy man. Director David O.Russell has been developing game-based movie Uncharted and like that’s not enough, he already has new plans.
That’s why we’re here today to have a little chat about his new flick The Silver Linings Playbook for the Weinstein Co.
The film is based on Matthew Quick‘s debut novel and Russell adapted the screenplay himself.
Check out The Silver Linings Playbook official synopsis:
“Pat Peoples has a theory that his life is actually a movie produced by God, and that his God-given mission in life is to become emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending – which, for Pat, means the return of his estranged wife Nikki, from whom he’s currently having some ‘apart time.’
It might not come as any surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility. »
It seems Anne Hathaway is making a career out of playing women who aren’t exactly the picture of health.
The film, which will be helmed by David O. Russell, is based on Matthew Quick’s novel of the same name, according to Showbiz411.com. Russell is reportedly eyeing “The Hangover 2″ star Bradley Cooper, 35, as the male lead, a high school history teacher released from a mental hospital and placed in his mother’s care. Though Cooper’s character aims to win back his ex-wife, he ends up falling crazy in love with Hathaway.
Before going nuts over Cooper, Hathaway will team up with actor James Franco to co-host the Oscars on February 27. And judging by a recent Vulture interview, »
- Mark Marino
But a source tells Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman that Russell's next project will likely be "The Silver Linings Playbook," a film which the director was first attached to back in 2008. More importantly, Anne Hathaway has reportedly already signed on to play the female lead, while Bradley Cooper is being courted for the male lead.
If 411's source is correct, Cooper would be playing Pat Peoples, a man in a neural health facility who comes up with a theory about silver linings. Basically, he determines that God is producing a movie that is his life, and by becoming physically fit and emotionally supportive, Pat will get his happy ending in the form of his estranged wife Nikki returning to him. Hathaway would be playing Tiffany, »
- Terri Schwartz
Given the flurry of news on David O. Russell's planned adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, there have been assumptions that it would be his next film. But we know he's only half done with the script at this point, which means the film can't be greenlit, so it may be premature to assume Uncharted is the director's follow-up to The Fighter. Another recent option for the director has been the Vince Vaughn film Old St. Louis, but a new report says that won't be his next one, either. New info says he'll next tackle The Silver Linings Playbook, of which we haven't heard anything substantial since March 2009 . Roger Friedman  reports that The Silver Linings Playbook may go before cameras first, and we've got to admit that he was right the last time he reported on a David O. Russell project. (Saying  that the director wants to »
- Russ Fischer
The story concerns a man who, after a mental collapse, is released from a health facility determined to find the silver linings in his life.
In total denial that his wife has remarried and moved on, he moves home with his parents and befriends a depressed woman who offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife.
David O. Russell was attached to adapt Matthew Quick's novel and direct the project earlier this year, though whether this or his planned adaptation of the video game "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" will take precedence is unknown at present. »
- Garth Franklin
Matthew Quick wrote the novel about a former high school history teacher who gets out of a mental hospital and is placed in the care of his mother. His goal is to win back his ex-wife, but he winds up in a romance with a kooky neighbor who also has mental problems. The only role that is left to be filled is the mother of Cooper's character.
Since The Fighter premiered at AFI Fest last month, there has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding David O. Russell. Already attached to Drake's Fortune for a month up to that point, the natural assumption would be that it would be the director's next film. But we all know what happens when we assume... Showbiz 411 is reporting that not only has Russell begun setting up an adaptation of the Matthew Quick novel The Silver Linings Playbook, but that he's already lined up Anne Hathaway and Bradley Cooper to star. In the book, a former high school teacher is released from a mental hospital and moves back in with his mother. Finally back in the real world, he tries to reconnect with his ex-wife, but instead becomes involved with a neighbor who also has a history of mental health problems. The article makes no mention of Drake's Fortune, so Russell's »
Though it seemed like his next project would be the video game adaptation Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, it looks like David O. Russell may line-up another project beforehand. Showbiz 411, the source who initiated the confirmed rumor of Mark Wahlberg leading the aforementioned video game film, reports Russell is looking to direct The Silver Linings Playbook, an adaptation of Matthew Quick's novel of the same name. In addition, it seems Anne Hathaway, fresh off her performance in Love and Other Drugs, has signed on for a role while Bradley Cooper is being lined up for the lead role of a history teacher recently released from a mental hospital. When this ex-high school history teacher is released, he ends up being placed in the care of his mother. While he initially plans on winning back his ex-wife, he actually gets caught up in another romance. We'll let Publisher's Weekly explain the story: »
- Ethan Anderton
While we’ve been assuming that David O. Russell would be following up his critically acclaimed new film The Fighter with an adaptation of the video game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, that may not be the case. According to Showbiz411, O. Russell is planning to adapt Matthew Quick’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook as his next project. Showbiz also reports that Anne Hathaway is attached to star and that Bradley Cooper is being “wooed” for the male lead (whether that means he’s under consideration for the role or is actively in negotiations is unclear). The plot centers on a former high school history teacher who gets out of a mental hospital and is placed in the care of his mother. His goal is to win back his ex wife, but he ends up falling for a kooky neighbor who also has mental problems of her own.
While this »
- Matt Goldberg
Since he was correct about the casting for David O. Russell's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune , we assume Roger Friedman at Showbiz411 is correct in saying that Anne Hathaway has joined and Bradley Cooper is in talks for Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook . While "Uncharted" was expected to be his next project, the site says The Fighter helmer will take on Matthew Quick's novel first. The book is described as follows: Pat Peoples, the endearing narrator of this touching and funny debut, is down on his luck. The former high school history teacher has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother. Not one to be discouraged, Pat believes he has only been on the inside for a few months..rather than four years..and plans on »
13 items from 2010
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