Mike White is Fully Confirmed for 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'
We recently learned that a replacement for departed director David O. Russell, who was once set to helm the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombie-filled period romance Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, might lie in Mike White (writer of School of Rock and director of Year of the Dog). Deadline has confirmed that White just finalized a deal with Lionsgate and is officially onboard to direct the anticipated adaptation. The next step will be to find a replacement for departed lead actress Natalie Portman. While a couple names have been mentioned, they're simply the usual suspects considered for most major female Hollywood roles.
Scarlett Johansson has been sought for the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet with Bradley Cooper mentioned for the male lead. But with Johansson taking a major role in We Bought a Zoo on top of her consideration for The Great Gatsby, it's unlikely she'll be available. Cooper is still a possibility, but there's likely just as big of a list for the male role as the female. It remains to be seen how well Mike White will handle the abundance of action couple with the comedy that he's used to delivering. This will be his first major motion picture having only previously directed the lukewarmly received indie Year of the Dog. Hopefully he's got the right stuff to do this fun literary/cinematic remix justice. What do you guys think?