If it was Marty and Bobby in the early days, Robert De Niro has found a new frequent filmmaking buddy in David O. Russell. They’ve worked on three feature films together — “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “Joy” — and now they are headed to the small screen. Frankly, anything to keep De Niro from making another “Dirty Grandpa” is certainly a good thing…
Russell is putting together a limited series, which he will direct that will star De Niro and Julianne Moore. That’s a helluva trio. And even without a TV production company being named just yet, apparently this project is already getting everyone in Hollywood all hot and bothered.
Details are scarce on the ground but Megan Ellison is among the producers for what’s apparently a limited series that’s designed to be serialized (think “Fargo” and “True Detective“), with the first incarnation apparently some kind of ’90s-set cop/crime thriller. A formal pitch hasn’t even really gone out — and Russell is on vacation and won’t be meeting with anyone until next week — but apparently networks are already throwing big money numbers around for the untitled show, with a series commitment expected right of the gate.
So, for now, Russell has a TV show with De Niro and Moore attached, and Hollywood is freaking out about it. And really, who can blame them? And particularly given how sprawling the narratives were for Russell’s last two features, the chance to tell a story on a huge television canvas seems like it has lots of potential. [Deadline/THR]