Great news for zombie lovers and horror comedy fans all around! The long-suffering project “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has finally got a new director to replace David O. Russell who recently stepped down. Lionsgate has just signed a deal with Mike White.
The studio and the new man in charge can finally get serious about casting Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy as well as other characters for this adaptation of Seth Graham-Smith novel that places Jane Austen’s classical characters in an alternate reality – the one overrun by flesh-thirsty walking dead. Initially Natalie Portman was interested in playing the lead, but she likewise has since stepped down, though remained in the project as producer. Russell later picked out Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper as stars, and White surely wouldn’t mind having them – but there was no confirmation yet on the actors’ part.
White who made small appearances in several films as actor, and wrote “School of Rock” and “Nacho Libre,” debuted as director in 2007 with “Year of the Dog.” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is to become his second feature film.