Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures are set to begin shooting a major feature film in Boston, MA and New York City for Columbia Pictures. Casting directors in Los Angeles and New York are casting the film’s supporting roles. Smaller speaking roles are being cast in Boston and New York, where shooting will take place from March 18, 2013 through May 19, 2013. The project is currently using the working title of “Untitled David O. Russell Project”. Extras will be cast throughout production. Experienced film crew and production staff in Boston can also email resumes to the production office.
“Untitled David O. Russell Project” tells the true story behind the FBI’s 1980 “Arab Scam” sting, which went by the operational name Abscam. After FBI agent Jimmy Boyle busts con artist Melvin Weinberg and his mistress Maxine Gardner, the two embark on the first major operation to trap corrupt public officials. Angelo Joseph Errichetti is at the center of the story of politicians indicted. The sting was executed using FBI agents posing as two fictitious sheiks seeking to bribe local, state and federal officials and eventually netted the convictions of seven members of Congress.
Melvin Weinberg’s wife Marie accused her husband of taking $45,000 in payoffs from an Abscam defendant and giving away expensive suits and furniture to FBI agents. Marie said that she had her husband’s secret diary detailing the allegations, which she described as her “insurance policy,” hidden somewhere very safe. Also believed missing are dozens of tape recordings that Weinberg made secretly of his conversations with FBI agents. On January 28, 1982 Ms. Weinberg was found dead of apparent suicide, however her attorney Michael Dennis flatly refused to call Marie’s death a suicide and stated, “I don’t believe for one moment that she would take her own life”. Dennis also represented Florida Rep. Richard Kelly, a convicted Abscam defendant.
Starring in “Untitled David O. Russell Project” is Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper as FBI Agent Jimmy Boyle; two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner plays the role of Camden Mayor and eventual New Jersey State Senator Angelo Errichetti; Academy Award winner Christian Bale plays the con artist Melvin Weinberg, who was busted and then hired by the FBI; four-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams portrays Weinberg’s mistress and partner in crime, Maxine “Max” Gardner. Academy Award minner Jennifer Lawrence has joined the cast, re-teaming with “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper, playing Melvin Weinberg’s wife Marie Weinberg. Following this film, David O. Russell will direct Jennifer Lawrence in “The Ends of the Earth”.
Three-time Academy Award nominee David O. Russell is directing from a screenplay written by Eric Singer. Russell recently directed the film “Silver Linings Playbook” starring Bradley Cooper alongside the beautiful and amazing Jennifer Lawrence. That film was nominated for eight Academy Awards with one win by Lawrence in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Russell is also set to direct another true story political corruption film about Rhode Island mayor, Buddy Cianci, who built a reputation for eliminating corruption for over two decades, then went to jail for racketeering. Writer Eric Singer is currently scripting the feature film “Splinter Cell” based on the Tom Clancy video game.
Academy Award nominee Jonathan Gordon will executive produce. Gordon’s Oscar nomination is from serving as producer on “Silver Linings Playbook,” in the category of Best Motion Picture of the Year. He has served as producer on three films, and this will be his 14th feature film serving as executive producer. Academy Award nominee Megan Ellison and Ted Schipper will oversee production for Annapurna Pictures. Ellison’s Oscar nod came for producing “Zero Dark Thirty” with Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Charles Roven and Richard Suckle will produce for Atlas Entertainment. For more information click here.