David O. Russell has decided to pull out of TV drama The Club he was set to make, a month after it was commissioned.
The American Hustle director had co-written ABC’s The Club, a drama set in a private country club.
David O. Russell has decided to pull out of TV drama The Club he was set to make
No official reason has been given for his departure, although it is thought David O. Russell wants to focus on film-making, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The series is still set to go ahead.
The director had co-written and developed The Club with Erin Brockovich scribe Susannah Grant, who will remain on the project and also executive produce.
David O. Russell suggested at an industry event over the weekend he was not ready to move from cinema to the small screen.
American Hustle director David O. Russell is to make his first TV drama.
David O. Russell has co-written a 13-part series for the ABC network about a private country club and will also act as executive producer.
The drama has already been scheduled for a serial without a pilot episode.
David O. Russell is in contention for best director and best original screenplay at the Academy Awards, which take place in Los Angeles on March 2.
David O. Russell has co-written a 13-part series for the ABC network about a private country club and will also act as executive producer
Last year, he scored nominations for best director and adapted screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook.
In 2011, The Fighter gained David O. Russell nods for best picture and director.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Russell co-wrote the story for the new TV series with Erin Brockovich screenwriter Susannah Grant. Erin Brockovich won Julia Roberts a best actress Oscar in 2001.
The magazine also reported that David O. Russell was previously attached to a television drama which did not air.
ABC has yet to announce casting and a broadcast date for the drama, described as telling the lives of both the staff and members of the country club.
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TV drama Breaking Bad has scored its highest audience yet in the US, as the show’s final run begins.
A total of 5.9 million viewers tuned in to cable channel AMC on Sunday night, doubling the audience of the opening episode of the last series.
Breaking Bad has scored its highest audience yet in the US
Only zombie drama The Walking Dead has proved a bigger hit for the channel, pulling in 8.1 million fans earlier this year.
Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer.
Its audience has grown steadily through word of mouth, DVD sales and critical acclaim. The first series averaged 1.2 million viewers, while the most recent series was seen by 2.6 million.
The gritty drama is not afraid to pull its punches, killing off key players and charting the moral tailspin of Bryan Cranston’s character, Walter White.
Breaking Bad has won five Emmys since it debuted in 2008, and is up for a further eight prizes at this year’s ceremony on September 22.
After Sunday night’s premiere, only seven episodes remain.