Weinstein Co. taps director for adaptation

HOLLYWOOD — David O. Russell is attached to direct “The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel” for the Weinstein Co.

The “Three Kings” helmer is also adapting the screenplay, which is based on Matthew Quick’s debut novel.

Story centers on a down-on-his-luck former high school teacher who has just been released from a mental institution and placed in the care of his mother.

Tome was published in September by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Project marks the first time Russell has worked with Harvey and Bob Weinstein since 1996’s “Flirting With Disaster,” which was released by the brothers’ former label, Miramax.

Russell most recently directed the Jessica Biel-Jake Gyllenhaal starrer “Nailed,” which endured a troubled production due to money problems with the film’s financier Capitol Films.

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