Having been left on a shelf since late 2008, it now sounds like filmmaker David O. Russell’s troubled political satire/romantic comedy “Nailed” may finally see the light of day.
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 led to no less than fourteen production shutdowns. It finally fell apart with only two days of shooting to go – the crucial scene involving Biel’s character getting the nail in her head.
Russell essentially quit the project back in 2010 after negotiations between him and the film’s financier broke down. Russell never got the chance to finish the film or even edit footage together.
At last report the financiers still control it, and even test screened a cobbled together cut in Los Angeles. Something has obviously happened though as the MPAA have now given “Nailed” a PG-13 for “sexual contact and language” says Rope of Silicon.