We have a brief update on the status of the feature adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. After director and screenwriter David O’ Russell left the project several weeks ago there was a huge question mark regarding who could pick up where he left off. A shortlist of directors were mentioned as possible contenders for the job and one of them seem to have the upper hand – Mike White.
Besides White, some heavy hitters have caught the producer’s attention including Oscar winner Jonathan Demme, Let Me In helmer Matt Reeves, the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Mike Newell, David Slade, and Neil Marshall. Originally Newell was said to be the leader of this pack but now The Los Angeles Times claims that White has moved to the top spot.
“White is a relatively inexperienced director, but supporters say the choice is not without its logic. A writer (“School of Rock,” “Orange County,” Chuck & Buck”) and director (“The Year of the Dog”) known for black comedy, White is seen as one of the few candidates who can handle the film’s many tones.”
The story for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will expand on the Jane Austen classic by adding a few blood thirty zombies into the mix. It’s based on the reinterpretation of author Seth Grahame-Smith, and tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers. This sounds like it’s right up White’s alley!
Who do you think should direct the film?