From the files of if it ain’t broke comes this story about Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell potentially teaming for yet another film. According to Deadline.com, Russell is negotiating to rewrite and direct a movie about Joy Mangano, the Long Island single mother of three who invented the Miracle Mop. Lawrence would play Mangano in the film, which was originally written by Annie Mumolo (who co-wrote “Bridesmaids” with Kristen Wiig). Fun with ages: Mangano graduated college in 1978 and didn’t come up with the idea for the Miracle Mop until 1989; Lawrence turns 24 in August.
Whether this project comes together, of course, is unclear. According to TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider, Russell’s publicist wouldn’t confirm his involvement in the film (though Sneider wrote on Twitter that an “independent source” did confirm the story’s validity). HuffPost Entertainment contacted Russell’s representatives to see if they had further comment on the matter.
This isn’t even the first time Russell and Lawrence have almost reconnected for a third film, following in the Oscar-nominated footsteps of “Silver Linings Playbook” (for which won Lawrence an Oscar for Best Actress) and “American Hustle” (which has earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress). Last February, right before the Academy Awards voting deadline, The Weinstein Company announced that Russell and Lawrence would team for “The Ends of the Earth,” a drama written by “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio. It was later revealed by The Hollywood Reporter that neither Lawrence nor Russell were attached to the film, and that TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein had “jumped the gun” on announcing that project, potentially with the hope of putting more attention on Lawrence on the final day of Oscar voting last year.
As for where the Miracle Mop film would fit into Russell’s oeuvre, the director had this to say to HuffPost Entertainment when asked what would come after “American Hustle”:
“It is true, you can write what you know. I have relatives from New Jersey to Long Island to Westchester to all five boroughs. This is the rhythm in my blood that I know. I like locating it […] I think it’s going to have to stay that way. I’d be interested to see what happens, but it’s dialing into that world for me.”
For more on this project, head to Deadline.com.
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