Weinstein opens Quick's 'Playbook' for Russell to helm


The Weinstein Co. hearts David O. Russell.

The New York mini-major has attached Russell to write and direct an adaptation of "The Silver Linings Playbook," a project it is 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 and 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 like "Chocolat," is producing. The Weinstein Co. is 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 hyphenate has a penchant for material featuring quirky characters, writing and directing such offbeat tales as "Flirting With Disaster" and "I Huckabees." (partialdiff)