As I mentioned yesterday, I recently had the opportunity to speak with David O. Russell, who directed The Fighter, which was my favorite film of 2010. We chatted about a variety of topics, including themes of incest in his work, his musical choices, plus some of the other projects he’s worked on in the past and will be working on in the future. Thanks to everyone who submitted awesome questions for this live Q&A!

Russell seemed like an incredibly cool dude, who’s had somewhat of a rough time of it in Hollywood until recently. I wish him the best on his next projects. Below is the audio of our conversation. Hit the jump for the full transcript, which has been edited for clarity.

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This might come as more of a confirmation of something we’d suspected than anything else, but David O. Russell, who’ll have The Fighter in theaters soon, will no longer adapt the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for the screen. Instead, he’ll make Old St. Louis, starring Vince Vaughn. Read More »

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We only just heard about Old St. Louis, the film that now looks to be David O. Russell‘s next after The Fighter. Vince Vaughn is set to star in the film and there was talk of interest in Chloe Moretz to play his daughter. (No actual word on that latter casting, however, so don’t get too attached to that idea just yet.)

Now Scarlett Johansson is likely to sign on to be the female lead. Read More »

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Seeing David O. Russell move slightly away of the uncomfortable family dramas that defined his breakout period has been interesting, and I wonder if things might have been a lot different had Nailed been finished and released on time. Instead, he channeled his family concerns into The Fighter (which features Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as sibling boxers) and has flirted with possible high-concept follow-ups like Uncharted and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

But now it looks like Russell may go back to family dramas — an idea I love, just because he’s quite good at them — by directing Vince Vaughn in Old St. Louis. Read More »

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