David O. Russell drops out of TV drama series

AMERICAN HUSTLE director DAVID O. RUSSELL has exited an upcoming TV drama to focus on his big screen projects.

The Oscar nominee was slated to executive produce an "upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club", titled The Club, however he has decided to pull out of the show to focus on other ventures, according to Deadline.com.

Russell also co-wrote the story with Susannah Grant, the screenwriter who penned acclaimed 2000 movie Erin Brockovich.

The show, which has been given a straight-to-series 13-episode order, will continue without the director, and producers have already cast its first star, Sin City 2 actress Callie Hernandez.

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