Five-time Oscar nominee David. O Russell is set to direct the pilot for a Paramount+ limited series titled FIFA, it was reported Thursday night by Puck News.
Details are slim, but the show would, obviously, be set in the world of soccer, and it’s expected to be far grittier than Apple’s Emmy-winning series Ted Lasso. To be clear, FIFA is simply the international governing body of the sport of football (which we call soccer), so this project has nothing to do with the EA Sports video game of the same name (I just chose that as the header image for this story).
Puck adds that Paramount has a first-op deal with Russell to direct two other projects — which may prove useful given the tracking on his latest movie, Amsterdam, which will be lucky to open to $10 million this weekend. That’s why it’s always smart to line up a deal or two before your $80 million movie actually opens.
Regardless of how Amsterdam performs, Russell would certainly lend any TV series an air of prestige, though he continues to come with a cloud of controversy stemming from his past behavior. He hasn’t directed any television before, though he did serve as an executive producer on the short-lived Syfy series Outer Space Astronauts.
Russell is best known as the director of Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, Three Kings, and American Hustle, though his other credits include Joy, Flirting With Disaster, I Heart Huckabees, and Spanking the Monkey.
The director’s latest feature reunites him with Christian Bale and Robert De Niro, who are joined by Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, and Mike Myers, among others. It is now playing in theaters, and you can watch the trailer below: