HUMANITAS Winner David O. Russell Gets Two Picture Deal from Annapurna


russell-ellison-mainIn a move that takes her patronage of auteur filmmakers to another level, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have made a deal to finance two pictures directed by David O Russell. This is an outgrowth of their experience on American Hustle, the ensemble drama that got 10 Oscar nominations and grossed $250 million worldwide. Ellison earlier this year pledged to back Page 1, the development shingle of Zero Dark Thirty writer and producer Mark Boal. But she usually finances auteur pictures piecemeal and this is the first deal of its kind for her. She just signed on to finance Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follow-up That’s What I’m Talking About, with Paramount distributing. Her latest film is Foxcatcher, the Bennett Miller-directed drama that is smack in the center of the Oscar race, with the performances by Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.

It will become clear soon which of Russell’s films will come under his deal. He is next expected to re-team with his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle star in a movie about Joy Mangano, the Miracle Mop lady. That is set at Fox 2000.

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