Director David O. Russell continues to be in demand following his Oscar-nomination for The Fighter as Variety is reporting that Russell is attached to direct a movie with the cheeky title of American Bullsh*t for Sony Pictures and Atlas Entertainment. Written by Eric Singer (The International) and produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, it’s a drama about a con artist working with the FBI to solve a corruption case that takes him to Atlantic City and Washington D.C.
UPDATE: Deadline seems to have gone out of their way to debunk the earlier stories from the trades about Russell directing the movie but in getting a clarification, they learned that if he did the movie, it would probably reunite him with Christian Bale as they lead. But for now, he’s only in “early discussions” and hasn’t picked which movie he will direct next.
Here’s what he told them:
Reports that I am attached to American Bullsh*t are premature. It is something I am in early discussions on and I have great respect for Chuck Roven and Christian Bale. I am also developing other projects and have not chosen my next film.
At one point, Russell was attached to write and direct an adaptation of the popular PlayStation game Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for Sony, but he clearly has maintained a good relationship with them after leaving that project last year.
He is currently finishing up The Silver Linings Playbook, starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker, for the Weinstein Company. (Oddly, Cooper and De Niro last starred together in the thriller Limitless, directed by Neil Burger, who ended up taking over Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from Russell.)
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