David O. Russell Set to Direct 'American Bulls**t'

David O. Russell Oscar Party 2011
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25:  Director David O. Russell  attends the Fourth Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party Presented by Perrier-Jouet at Soho House on February 25, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

The director of "The Fighter" and "I Heart Huckabees" is in the early stages of tackling the true story of a Congressional sting that was set up in 1980 by "the world's greatest con man."

David O. Russell is attached to direct American Bullshit, a crime drama set up at Son being produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.

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Written by Eric Warren Singer, American tells the true story of the FBI’s 1980 undercover sting operation of Congress, dubbed Abscam, which was created by "the world’s greatest con man" to root out corruption. The script was in the top 10 of the 2012 Black List.

Russell is only attached at this point and moving forward may depend on casting the project’s two main leads.

The director earned an Oscar nomination for his most recent film, 2010's The Fighter. His next project, the Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence comedy The Silver Linings Playbook, is due in the fall. Other credits include I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings.