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David O Russell heading to TV for private country club drama

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR nominated director David O Russell is to make his first drama for US television.

The filmmaker, currently shortlisted for American Hustle at the forthcoming Academy Awards, has co-written a 13-part series for ABC about a private country club. He will also act as executive producer.

So far, there is no word on casting or who will direct but the series is being developed without the need for a pilot test – which is usually done to try and determine whether a show can be a success.

Russell is fast becoming a name synonymous with awards success. In addition to this year’s nominations for American Hustle, he scored nominations for best director and adapted screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook last year, while in 2011, boxing drama The Fighter gained him nods for best picture and director.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Russell co-wrote the story for the new TV series with screenwriter Susannah Grant, of Erin Brockovich fame. That legal drama won Julia Roberts a best actress Oscar in 2001.

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