'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Director May Be Mike White
After director David. O Russell exited the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, star and producer Natalie Portman's departure pretty much left the project dead in the water. Though a shortlist of directors has been tossed around to pick up the pieces of the broken project, they've mostly been the same names always offered big name projects. However, a top contender may have emerged as 24 Frames reports actor/writer/director Mike White (who wrote The School of Rock and directed Year of the Dog) may be the frontrunner to helm the remix of the classic period drama that mixes romance with the undead.
Though White has shown his comedic chops by writing films like Orange County and pulling double duty by writing and starring in The School of Rock, his directing background leaves something to be desired. Previously he's only helmed the lukewarmly received indie Year of the Dog starring Molly Shannon, and while Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will surely have plenty of dry, dark humor, it will also have plenty of action and special effects, something of which White has no experience.
Combining comedy, period and horror elements into one film is no easy task, and one might want a more experienced hand behind the camera, but I guess Lionsgate and Darko Entertainment may have enough faith in White to come through. Though there are likely other names still on the list, one name that has apparently been ruled out is Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves. Stay tuned as this project continues to trudge through development. Would you like Mike White to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?