Meet David O. Russell. Director of war drama Three Kings and comedy Flirting With Disaster. He’s a pro at making interesting films. He’s also a pro at pissing off actors. Sounds like just the guy to helm the Uncharted movie!
As Kotaku mentioned previously, Russell is atop a short list of filmmakers that Sony execs are eyeing to helm the big screen version of PS3 adventure series Uncharted.
And as mentioned previously, Russell and I ♥ Huckabees star Lily Tomlin went off on each other during the film’s shoot. Film sets can be hot zones no doubt, but Russell and Tomlin’s fight seems particularly caustic even by Hollywood standards. The director has a proclivity for pushing the buttons of his stars.
During the filming of 1999’s Three Kings, Russell and Clooney went fisticuffs during a highly pressurised shoot, because Clooney thought that Russell was mistreating the crew and the extras. Russell called Clooney a “pussy”, causing the verbal altercation to come to blows. Clooney later said that while he respected Russell’s talent, he would never work with the director again.
When actor Jude Law decided to leave the production of I ♥ Huckabees to act in a Christopher Nolan film, Russell put the Batman Begins director in a headlock at a Hollywood party in hopes of forcing Law to rejoin the cast, which the actor eventually did.
And while some actors are willing to take Russell’s shit, tough guy James Caan wasn’t, it seems. The actor apparently walked off the set of Russell’s latest film Nailed, which is a comedy about health care. That film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Biel and has been plagued with financial troubles that have caused the production to be shut down several times. Nailed has been filming for years now, and it is still not finished.
Russell recently completed boxing flick The Fighter with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg.
The film version of Uncharted is still in a pre-production. According to the Los Angeles Times, the film’s producers are still meeting with Russell to decide whether or not to proceed with signing him to do the picture.