David O. Russell opens 'Playbook'

He'll adapt and direct Matthew Quick's novel for TWC

The Weinstein Co. hearts David O. Russell.

Sources say the New York minimajor has attached Russell to write and direct an adaptation of "The Silver Linings Playbook," the project it's developing based on Matthew Quick's offbeat novel.

Quick's debut book tells the story of Pat Peoples, a former high school teacher who, after being released from a four-year stint in a mental institution, moves back in with his mother; he then seeks to remake himself in the hope of reconciling with his ex-wife.

The Weinstein Co. declined comment.

Michelle Raimo, who collaborated with the Weinsteins on Miramax pictures such as "Chocolat," is producing. The Weinstein Co. is currently out to cast.

The CAA-repped Russell most recently directed "Nailed," about a small-town waitress who goes to Washington after an accident with a nail causes her to engage in unpredictable behavior.

The CAA-repped hyphenate has a penchant for material featuring quirky characters, writing and directing offbeat tales such as "Flirting With Disaster" and "I Heart Huckabees." The director's breakthrough debut "Spanking the Monkey" also concerns a man who returns home to live with his mother at a transitional point in his life.
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