American Hustle filmmaker David O. Russell is set to tackle a new type of storytelling, after ABC approved his first TV series.

The broadcast TV network has given writer-director Russell a straight-to-series, 13-episode approval of a new TV drama he's creating with Susannah Grant, writer of the film Erin Brockovich.

Still untitled, the new project is described as an upstairs/downstairs drama, set at a private country club, that will explore the lives of both its staff and members.

Russell and Grant will also be among the show's executive producers.

No casting or potential broadcast date have yet been announced.

Cinematic streak

The prolific writer-director is currently earning kudos for his latest Oscar-nominated film, American Hustle, which scored major wins at the recent Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards.

He has been on a cinematic hit streak in recent years with the release of celebrated projects such as Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. His earlier credits include I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings and Spanking the Monkey.

Russell's upcoming TV drama is the latest instance of high-profile film figure lured to television to create original programming. Other filmmakers who have added TV work to their slates in recent years include Steven Spielberg (Under The Dome, Extant), David Fincher (House of Cards), Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire) and Michael Mann (Luck).