David O. Russell Directing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?
Just last week we found out that Natalie Portman was going to be joining the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in addition to producing the undead period piece with Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly. However, there was still no word on who would be directing, let alone writing the script. But with the film moving so quickly, it sounds like a director might already be in place as Pajiba claims that David O. Russell (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) might be writing and directing. So while the risk of a fight breaking out on set has increased exponentially, this project would certainly be in good hands.
While David O. Russell is temperamental, he's one of the more original and unique filmmakers out there. You have to respect a guy who jumps from a relatively grounded film set during the Gulf War (Three Kings) to a crazy, not-easily-accessible existential comedy like I Heart Huckabees. More recently his diversity in stories and genres has him taking on a boxing drama with Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale (The Fighter) as well as a comedy (Nailed). And with both films apparently having a little trouble wrapping up and finding distribution, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sounds like more of a sure thing than anything else he's got.
But of course with the way things work in this fickle industry, talent can leave a project just as quickly as they become attached, and that's assuming that this information is indeed entirely accurate. If we get any confirmation or any other news regarding this zombie period (that sounds gross) flick, then you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, do you guys even think David O. Russell could handle this kind of project?