Portman's 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Adaptation Falls Apart
I don't exactly know which came first - David O. Russell's departure or Natalie Portman's departure, since one definitely affected the other, but from the looks of it, this project is back at square one. We heard a few days ago that David O. Russell, who was set to direct the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has decided to "exit" the project. The problem was that Natalie Portman, who was announced late last year as attached to star, had scheduling conflicts and couldn't start shooting as quickly as Russell wanted. Now with both of them leaving, well, the project is pretty much dead in the water.
Vulture adds that, "because Portman wasn't able to meet Russell's intended start date on Zombies, we hear that he now plans to make Old St. Louis [with Vince Vaughn] this spring." Hidden in Deadline's post about Portman passing on Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity as well was additional confirmation: "I don't think she's doing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, either." Well this just sucks. Portman's detachment has ruined two highly anticipated upcoming projects. I love Portman (too much, some will say) but this is not good. I was looking forward to both because she was involved, and now what? Is Sandra Bullock going to fill both of her roles?
I guess the good news is that Portman will stay on to produce through her own company Handsomecharlie Films (via The Playlist). I'm sure producers are now calling up every other actress and every other director that was interested in hopes of getting someone good attached before it's too late. I'd like to see this made, and I honestly don't mind how long it takes, as long as they get a good cast and a great director in the end. We'll keep you updated and hopefully it won't take too long to straighten this out. Anyone concerned?