David O. Russell’s next film to release in December

Posted: March 13, 2013 in Movies

David O. Russell knows a thing or two about what it takes to garner Oscar interest with this films, hell, his latest Oscar nominated feature – Silver Linings Playbook – is still going strong in the top 10 at the box office.  So it’s no surprise that the famed director’s next feature, a still untitled film about the Abscam sting, will be releasing this December – just in time for the Academy to take notice.

The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the Abscam film will be released on December 13, 2013 for a limited theater run before being expanded nationwide on Christmas day.  With the success of the most recent Oscar winning political drama, Argo, it’s no surprise that David O. Russell pushed for a holiday release.

Abscam, short for “Abdul scam”, was an FBI sting operation in late 1970’s to early 1980’s that used a made up company to investigate a stolen goods ring.  The sting shortly thereafter expanded to involve corrupt political officials as well.

It’s a little deja vu-ish considering Argo just took nearly the same premise and went all the way with it.  The Academy may not be as open to another political drama this year as they were last year.

The O. Russell project stars Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Louis C.K. (yes, that Louis C.K.).   O. Russell’s last two films, 2010’s The Fighter and 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook were both Oscar nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, not to mention that both Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence both won their first Academy Award in his films.


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