David O Russell looking to make The Grackle

David O Russell is considering taking on New Orleans-set comedy The Grackle, with Matthew McConaughey attached to star.

If he signs, Russell will be directing the tale of a barroom fighter who helps clients solve legal problems with his fists.

The film has been lodged in development for years at New Line, according to The Hollywood Reporter , but is only now finding its feet.


Chris Poole and Mike Arnold’s script will be produced by New Line’s current incarnation after it was made part of Warners earlier in the year.

Russell is certainly the man for quirky comedy, but given all the trouble that his last film, Nailed, went through while shooting (financial troubles, union issues), is he really the safest pair of hands?