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David O. Russell Loves Jolie, Eyes her for Silver Lining, in the Running to Direct Maleficent

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2011 at 7:57AM

Angelina Jolie, who remains attached to star in Maleficent, still lacks a director. Tim Burton bowed out in May, making room for David O. Russell and others to be considered by Disney. Russell was available for consideration after parting ways with Columbia Pictures over creative differences on the video game adaptation Unchartered Drake's Fortune (for which the director also drafted a script).
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Angelina Jolie, who remains attached to star in Maleficent, still lacks a director. Tim Burton bowed out in May, making room for David O. Russell and others to be considered by Disney. Russell was available for consideration after parting ways with Columbia Pictures over creative differences on the video game adaptation Unchartered Drake's Fortune (for which the director also drafted a script).

Russell is also prepping The Silver Lining Playbook with Mark Wahlberg, for which he'd also like to cast Jolie. He tells Vulture:

"Angelina would really be awesome. I think Angelina would love to be in it, but I don't know if that'll happen because of some conflicts in scheduling and other stuff. But I love her and I've loved talking to her about several projects...I think that she's a loaded weapon and ready to be deployed." If that phallic symbolism isn't a sign of Russell's affection for Jolie than we don't know what is.

Jolie, meanwhile, wants to nab David Fincher for Cleopatra, but that's still to be confirmed. And then of course Jolie has a Salt sequel in development, for which there's no script or confirmed director (it won't be Salt director Phillip Noyce). Who doesn't want to direct Jolie?

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, IN THE WORKS, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Biopics, Classics, Angelina Jolie, Disney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.