The Grackle: David O. Russell to direct comedy

Wed November 12, 2008 Return to Film News

David O. Russell is in talks to direct comedy The Grackle, for New Line Cinema. Matthew McConaughey will star and produce.

The script by Mike Arnold and Chris Poole prompted a bidding battle two years ago, before New Line got it as part of a two-picture deal. McConaughey will play a barroom fighter in New Orleans who hires himself out for $250 to settle disputes for people who can't afford to hire a lawyer. Harsh language and quick fists are his weapons of choice.

The project will aim for an R rating and fits more closely in the mode of "Wedding Crashers" than some of the romantic comedies and adventures in which McConaughey has starred recently.

Source: Variety
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