But when asked about it, the filmmaker shrugged and said “mentioned in connection” is the operative phrase. “Eh, but that’s all just talk and things that people say,” Russell said, suggesting some of these “attachments” aren’t exactly real. “Sometimes they’re biting on my name to keep [a project] alive and sometimes it's something that I really wanted to make happen.”
The pair almost worked together on “2 Guns,” Universal’s adaptation of a Boom! Studios comic book (that comes to theaters next year starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington with Baltasar Kormakur directing) and suffice to say the director has Vaughn in mind often. “Oh yes, I'm thinking about [him and I working together] all the time. I have a couple of times and obviously we almost have,” he said. A collaboration certainly sounds inevitable.
While known for comedic human dramas, Russell, who directed the action-oriented “Three Kings,” flirted with many overt genre projects in the last few years, including the adaptation of the video game “Uncharted” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” “Yeah, I thought, 'Let me try and make a proper living,’ you know?” he said with a laugh.
But over time, Russell has learned to not sweat the small stuff and thinks perhaps it's better that it didn’t come to pass. “Then after a little while it wasn't meant to be because there was too much zombism everywhere,” he said. “I wanted to do some funny shit in that movie! Well, you know what? Now I'm going to get some opportunities that are maybe what I'm meant to do. I was knocking at all of those doors it just didn't come together at the time.”
Indeed, there are some great opportunities on the horizon, including his next film, formerly titled “American Bullshit,” that boasts the outstanding cast of Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner (you can read some of the details Russell gave us on this “intense, funny and insane” drama here). Now untitled, this FBI Abscam film is scheduled to hit theaters in the fall of 2013, likely making it yet again another contender in the autumn Oscar season.
For more David O. Russell, be sure to check out our long-form interview with the director. “Silver Linings Playbook” is now playing in limited release.