David O. Russell Wanted For Russ Meyer Biopic

Fox Searchlight is in negotiations for a pitch package involving a biopic about famed exploitation filmmaker Russ Meyer, which “The Fighter” helmer David O. Russell would direct reports Deadline.

The deal, still being worked on, involves scoring the rights to Jimmy McDonough’s book “Big Bosoms And Square Jaws”. “Temple Grandin” and “Lovelace” scribe Merritt Johnson, a former assistant of Russell on “Three Kings”, is penning the script.

In the early 60’s, as the sexual revolution began, Meyer made a name for himself making grindhouse films with buxom actresses – films that he wrote, directed, produced and even distributed. Amongst his more famous efforts were “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!,” “Up!,” “Super Vixens” and the Roger Ebert-scripted “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls”.