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Director David O. Russell is indecisive, departs another project

08.10.2011

Even before he received critical acclaim for THE FIGHTER, director David O. Russell was juggling a number of potential projects... which he now seems to be burning through at an alarming rate.

First Russell ditched the mashup adaptation PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES after developing it for months (FRIGHT NIGHT remaker Craig Gillespie is on it now), and then recently exited the feature version of UNCHARTED after turning in a script that altered the videogame's movie-ready concept into a family of art curators or some shit (LIMITLESS director Neil Burger has thankfully stepped in, with promises to stay true to the game).

Now Russell has bounced from Universal's 2 GUNS, a project (based on a Boom! comic series) that the director intended to make with Vince Vaughn starring. In a curious twist, Russell's go-to guy Mark Walhberg will instead replace Vaughn, which still leaves another lead role to be cast (the studio is also scrapping Russell's rewrite, much as Sony wisely did with his UNCHARTED script). Meanwhile, the seemingly spring-loaded Russell will ostensibly be occupied with THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and is still hoping to make his dramedy OLD ST. LOUIS with Vaughn someday (and probably another half-dozen projects he'll work on and inevitably leave).

The 2 GUNS comic synopsis: "In the vein of Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job, Two Guns is a pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it's a great way to score – considering it's a cover for mob money. They'll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn't know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn't know is that Steadman's got his own secret and isn't who he appears to be..."

Extra Tidbit: Dizzyingly, Wahlberg dropped out of Russell's THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK to make the modern noir BROKEN CITY.
Source: Heat Vision

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11:54PM on 08/10/2011
I like Wahlberg and Russell, but I am getting kind of tired of them collaborating on every movie together. First they did 'Three Kings', then a couple of years later came 'I Heart Huckabees', then a few years later they did 'The Fighter' which is a great movie and one of my favorite films of the year. I just wish they would collaborate with one another every couple of years. Like how DiCaprio and Scorsese do a film with one another every couple of years. At this point it just seems like
I like Wahlberg and Russell, but I am getting kind of tired of them collaborating on every movie together. First they did 'Three Kings', then a couple of years later came 'I Heart Huckabees', then a few years later they did 'The Fighter' which is a great movie and one of my favorite films of the year. I just wish they would collaborate with one another every couple of years. Like how DiCaprio and Scorsese do a film with one another every couple of years. At this point it just seems like overkill with Wahlberg and Russell.
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8:01AM on 08/11/2011
Oddly enough, it seems he's no plans to reunite with Wahlberg at the moment. So I'm not sure what you're going on about.
Oddly enough, it seems he's no plans to reunite with Wahlberg at the moment. So I'm not sure what you're going on about.
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10:13PM on 08/10/2011

just make THE FIGHTER sequel already

movie has 1000x more potential than what he's doing now
movie has 1000x more potential than what he's doing now
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