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David O. Russell steals credit on another screenplay, this time from Annie Mumolo

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There's a big ol' silver lining for the original screenwriter of the Jennifer Lawrence film.

Posted by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, 16 September 2015


- Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo spent over a year writing the script based on Joy Mangano's life, who will be played by Jennifer Lawrence in the film released later this year
- David O. Russell swooped in like a soul-sucking eagle and re-wrote the script so much that Fox 2000 decided he deserved a sole screenplay credit
- As Mumolo is also a producer on the film, she opted for a Writers Guild arbitration to dispute the credit. She received a 'story' credit, Hollywood's version of 'thx for your effort, I guess...??' BUT if the film won an Oscar she would share the award with Russell.
- A source states that Mumolo was quite upset about this and that she had become emotionally invested in the script, getting to know the real Mangano very well
- Russell is no stranger to ruining other people's hard work! He previously re-wrote the scripts for both Three Kings and American Hustle. Who were the real writers you ask? Who knows!

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