Earlier this month it was reported that “Joy” helmer David O. Russell was looking to develop a TV series starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro. Details on the project are mostly unknown, though Deadline is reporting that the show might be “a crime/cop thriller that may be set in the 1990s.”
A new report by The Hollywood Reporter is now stating that the high-profile TV pitch could be a hefty one, with multiple sources telling the trade that “Russell is requesting a $1 million-per-episode fee.” This could translate to around $20 million for the two-season, 20 episode order that his camp is seeking.
While his reps denied the claims and called them “untrue,” it could still be a huge financial commitment for those involved. There currently is no script and/or network attached, but Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Megan Ellison are set to produce.
Russell’s last television venture came in 2014 with ABC’s “The Club.” The show was ordered straight-to-series with a 13-episode pickup but was cancelled before it even premiered. Though, the Oscar-nominated helmer has been more successful with his films lately, 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle” and “Joy” have all been acknowledged by the Academy in some way.
For now, we’ll wait to hear new developments on his latest television project.