Film Music Reporter has learned that composer John Swihart has been hired to score the satirical comedy Nailed. David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings) directed the film back in 2008, but he left the production before it was completed. According to various reports, the backers are now shopping the movie to distributors and a test screening was recently held in California, indicating that the project is finally nearing completion. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Biel, James Marsden, Catherine Keener, Kirstie Alley, Paul Reubens, James Brolin, Tracey Morgan and Jon Stewart. Nailed centers on a small-town waitress who is shot in the head by a nail gun and later goes to Washington to fight for better health care, where she meets a clueless congressman. No distribution deal has been announced and it is unknown at this point when the film will be released.
Another movie that Swihart scored a while back recently premiered at the Dallas Film Festival and has since been picked up for distribution. Lucky is directed by Gil Cates Jr. and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Colin Hanks, Ari Greynor and Ann-Margret. The dark indie comedy follows a man as he wins the Iowa State Lottery and uses the money to pursue a woman, all while hiding that he’s a fledgling serial killer. Phase 4 is planning a release of the film this summer.
As announced earlier this year, Swihart also has the indie comedy Flypaper coming out later this year. The film directed by Rob Minkoff and starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd premiered at Sundance and has recently been picked up by IFC for a release in theaters and VOD.