David O. Russell has his new movie “Silver Linings Playbook” set for a November release after its premiere in Toronto, and next up the filmmaker will be dipping his toe in the television world. According to Deadline, the punchy auteur’s attached to direct a new legal drama that’s just been sold to CBS.
The untitled project is from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, and is scripted by “Game Change” screenwriter (and perennial “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” punching bag) Danny Strong — both Russell and Strong will executive produce along with De Niro, Rosenthal and Diane Nabatoff.
The series is inspired by the real-life New York father/daughter defense attorneys Murray and Stacey Richman, and will be set in a fictionalized version of the Richmans’ Bronx firm, where, according to Deadline, “clients as notorious on the street as they are on Page Six”:
In the almost 50 years of practicing law, Murray Richman, nickname “Don’t Worry Murray,” has worked for clients ranging from hip-hop stars like Jay-Z to the upper echelon of the Genovese and Lucchese crime families to former NY Governor Eliott Spitzer’s escort procurer. In addition to his cases, Murray is famous for his courtroom quips, like “I love a murder trial — one less witness to worry about” and “I’ll be brief… I’m already short.” (He is 5’6″)… Stacey Richman, a star attorney of her own, has a clientele that includes Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Ja Rule, Scout Willis, Kid Cudi and Freekey Zekey.
This is Strong’s first pilot, though in addition to “Game Change” he also wrote the HBO movie “Recount.” The project will also find Russell directing TV for the first time, though he did serve as an executive producer on the 2009 Syfy series “Outer Space Astronauts.”