Russell going to Washington for Gore's 'Hill'


David O. Russell is adapting and is attached to direct the Washington comedy "Sammy's Hill" for Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon.

The project, based on Kristin Gore's inside-the-Beltway novel, centers on a young woman who tries to balance a job as a congressional aide on Capitol Hill while searching for the right guy. Gore is the daughter of former Vice President Al Gore. Russell is working closely with Kristin Gore, Dave Jeser and Matt Silverstein on the screenplay.

Red Wagon's Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing.

"It will do for Washington, D.C., what 'Talladega Nights' did for race car driving," Wick said. "We are going for a bold, subversive comedy, and David O. Russell is one of the most original voices working in comedy."

The book, which at times has been labeled chick lit after it hit shelves in 2004, would seem an unlikely fit for the mercurial director. Nevertheless, the material is rife with satirical elements akin to "Thank You for Smoking" and "Election."

Sony's Matt Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor are overseeing for the studio.

Rachel Shane is shepherding the project for Red Wagon.

Russell has generated industry buzz lately after unauthorized outtakes from the set of 2004's "I Huckabees" made the YouTube and Internet rounds, depicting a heated exchange between Russell and Lily Tomlin, one of the film's co-stars.

In addition to "Huckabees," Russell's helming credits include "Three Kings," "Flirting With Disaster" and "Spanking the Monkey."

He is repped by Endeavor and attorneys Bruce Ramer and Jeff Mandel. Jeser and Silverstein are handled by UTA and attorney Robert Offer.

Gore is repped by CAA.