David O. Russell Leaves “Nailed”

Filmmaker David O. Russell has officially withdrawn from “Nailed”, his troubled political satire/romantic comedy says The Hollywood Reporter.

The $26 million indie follows a socially awkward small-town receptionist (Jessica Biel) who has a nail accidentally shot into her head by a clumsy workman, eliciting wild sexual urges. Going on a crusade to Washington to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured, she meets an immoral congressman (Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes advantage of her sex drive and her career plans.

The film suffered many problems, mostly financing issues which lead to numerous production shutdowns. At the time it finished, a few crucial scenes were yet to be filmed including the absolutely necessary one involving Biel’s character getting the nail in her head. As a result it has essentially sat on a shelf since late 2008.

Financier Ronald Tutor mad Pangea Media Group CEO David Bergstein control the rights to the film. One-on-one negotiations between Tutor and Russell recently broke down which has led to the latter’s withdrawal.

Russell tells the trade “The multiple production delays and stoppages, which were caused by David Bergstein and preceded Ron Tutor’s direct involvement with me, have now spanned two years, and the circumstances under which the film would now be completed are much different on several fundamental levels than when we embarked several years ago. I, unfortunately, am no longer involved in the project and cannot call it ‘my’ film. I wish Ron Tutor well.”

Tutor says he still plans to push on with the project and will “try to hire another director and finish it.” At last report another two days of shooting are required including the crucial scene involving Biel’s character getting the nail in her head.