David O. Russell And Jennifer Lawrence May Reteam For Biopic Of Home Shopping Queen
It’s nothing new for a director to have a go-to actor or actress to work with on numerous projects throughout their career. It isn’t intrinsically negative, but it leaves one wondering who else may have played a certain role better had that cinematic kinship not existed. David O. Russell, whose American Hustle could soon take over the Oscars, is in early talks to direct and rewrite a project for Fox 2000 based on the inspiring story of Joy Mangano, the New Yorker who went from struggling single mother to an inventive Home Shopping Network mainstay. And no surprises here, he wants Jennifer Lawrence to play Mangano, which would potentially set this as their third film together in three years. If the third time’s the charm, then what was happening these other two times?
The untitled film’s original script was written by Annie Mumolo, the Oscar-nominated co-writer of Bridesmaids alongside Kristen Wiig. Fox 2000 President Elizabeth Gabler and Rodney Ferrell have "shaped the script to get to this point," according to Deadline. Russell usually serves as his own screenwriter, so whatever the studio has will no doubt be dosed with the filmmaker’s specific tango between drama and comedy.
Mangano’s story really is one that most people dream about, already cinematic in nature. A single mother, she worked three jobs to make sure her three kids and home life stayed intact. In 1990, she created the prototype for the wrings-itself Miracle Mop, which she eventually took from local trade shows in Long Island to the studios of QVC, where she became an instant success. She created and is still the President of the company Ingenious Designs, which she sold to HSN in 1999, and is responsible for such ridiculously high-selling items like the Huggable Hangers, Forever Fragrant, and the Performance Platforms. She is a homemade success from the ground up, and she deserves everything she’s achieved, though the importance of a film about her is questionable. Especially from Russell, who just gave us his version of a story culled from real life.
Maybe I just need Mangano to get on TV and sell this project. She was in her 30s when she first started raking in sales on QVC, so shoehorning the 23-year-old Lawrence into that role would be awkward. (Though I guess she’d be 24 by the time this got made.) And if they make Mangano’s film age younger, then it does a disservice to how long her hard-working days lasted. But none of this is set in stone at all, so let’s wait and see what happens.
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