David O. Russell to Possibly Direct THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Before UNCHARTED; Anne Hathaway and Bradley Cooper May Star

     December 8, 2010


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 is the first we’re hearing about Silver Linings, Showbiz was pretty much on the money last month when they reported that Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, and Joe Pesci were under consideration for Uncharted.  Hit the jump for more on O. Russell’s busy schedule.

In addition to Uncharted and now The Silver Linings Playbook, O. Russell has two more projects he’s circling.  He’s got an untitled cop-drama in the vein of Dirty Harry and Death Wish that could reteam him with his Three Kings star Ice Cube.  He’s also got the flick Old St. Louis with Vince Vaughn and Chloe Moretz.  Whatever O. Russell ends up choosing, hopefully there won’t be another six year delay like there was between I Heart Huckabees and The Fighter.

Here’s the official produce description for Matthew Quick’s novel [via Amazon]:

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)

The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

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