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David O. Russell to Direct FBI Sting Operation Drama 'American Bullshit'

March 22, 2012 03:39:05 GMT

The 'Fighter' helmer has signed on to direct a potential high-profile drama about a 1980's undercover sting operation of Congress, which was created by a con artist to root out corruption.


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After directing oscar-nominated "The Fighter" in 2010, David O. Russell is set to helm another potential high-profile true story movie. Variety has broken the news that the 53-year-old moviemaker has signed on to direct "American Bullshit", a crime drama which is based on a Congressional sting operation in 1980.

The movie itself follows a true story of Abscam, an FBI's 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress to root out corruption which was the brainchild of the world's greatest con man. Eric Warren Singer pens the script, which is included in the top 10 of the 2012 Black List.

"American Bullshit" will be developed at Sony Pictures with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle tackling the producing duty. No starting date has been revealed for the project, which will look forward to cast actors to play the film's two main leads.

Russell received an Oscar nomination for his work in "The Fighter". He is currently in the post-production stage of "The Silver Linings Playbook", which stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker.

© AceShowbiz.com




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