Director David O Russell quits Jake Gyllenhaal political satire ‘Nailed’

Notoriously temperamental director leaves long delayed project

David O Russell has quit the increasingly delayed political satire Nailed, set to star Jessica Biel and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The I Heart Huckabees director, who is well known for having a short temper, has withdrawn from the £17million project, despite having written the script about a small town waitress who is shot in the head with a nail gun, after negotiations with financial backer Ronald Tutor broke down, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Details have been kept quiet, but it is known that Russell was unhappy that his producer’s fees had been halved.

“This has been a painful process for me,” he said. “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, who is currently in the process of buying Miramax from Disney for £425m, explained that “Russell conducted himself like a perfect gentleman.”

Russell became notorious in 2004 when a leaked on-set video from I Heart Huckabees showed him losing his temper with actress Lily Tomlin.