The last we heard of David O. Russell’s abandoned Nailed, the failed feature had been repackaged as Politics Of Love (complete with a dizzyingly bad synopsis that touted it as “the funny story of what happens when sparks fly and love interferes with what you stand for”) and was up for sale at the American Film Market. The beleaguered film—and the term is thrown around a lot in hot-collared Hollywood, but the story of Nailed is keenly deserving of the adjective—had originally been conceived as a biting political satire by Russell, who began work on it in a post-I Heart Huckabees haze. (Yes, that’s how long this thing has been floating around.) The entire production eventually collapsed, with Russell leaving behind an unfinished film that most people believed would never be completed nor seen (a damn shame, considering that the film was rumored to include a stellar and surprising performance from Jessica Biel).
That all changed (and perhaps not for the best, considering how completely Russell had broken his ties with the production), and producer Kia Jam wrangled up some contractually obligated reshoots, edited the material together, and apparently invented a fake director named “Stephen Greene” to take the credit (cough, blame) for this one.
Now the film has gotten yet another title change, and will be presented under the perhaps purposely vague and uninspired moniker Accidental Love, and it even has a trailer to prove it. And, no, it appears that Russell wasn’t the only person nailed by this one, because what we can see of the Frankenstein-ed film is hardly heartening. Thanks to The Film Stage for digging this one up.
The trail of the tape
Title: Accidental Love
Director: Stephen Greene (or David O. Russell?)
Writers: Kristin Gore, Matthew Silverstein, Dave Jeser, David O. Russell
Cast: Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Marsden, Tracy Morgan
Release date: February 10
The trailer in one line: “Wait! She has no insurance, shut it down.”
The trailer in one screencap:
Yeah, that new title has got to go.