Portman's 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Adaptation Falls Apart

October 7, 2010
Source: Vulture, The Playlist

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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 CuarĂ³n'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?

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Portman is Elizabeth!!! Film is ruined without her!

Eric B. on Oct 7, 2010


dead in the water.

Xerxex on Oct 7, 2010


"I love Portman (too much, some will say) but this is not good." - I'm sure it's nothing to worry about, if something big wasn't brewing I doubt she would be passing up two roles for scheduling issues. Can't wait to see what is scheduled.

zz on Oct 7, 2010


I bet after Black Swan the offers are rolling in so it's good to see her being selective with her roles. I was looking forward to both of these, but as #3 said, there has to be something much more exciting on the horizon.

peloquin on Oct 7, 2010


No Portman, just leave it till she is ready so.

Ryan on Oct 7, 2010


Good. After V for Vendetta I don't think i could stand another attempt from Portman at an 'English' accent, one of the worst attempts i've heard.

brit on Oct 7, 2010


Seriously, can we ask ourselves a very simple question? Do we really need to see a pride and prejudice zombie movie? No. Doesn't matter what small twists the writers throw or who's heading the project, it's a waste through and through.

Eli on Oct 7, 2010


Ok, a tad disappointing but the movie is still workable. Since Portman won't be doing the project I would cast an unknown for this one. Still have crossed fingers!

Julie on Oct 7, 2010


Still hating on Bullock for no reason I see... You run a good site but you really need to curb the incredibly juvenile behaviour.

Kinks! on Oct 8, 2010


^ Nothing juvenile about it... I just don't like Sandra Bullock at all, I think she's a piss poor actor, not at all attractive - what's juvenile about having an opinion? Seems to me that it just pisses you off that I don't like her and you can't get over it. She's not all that great, big deal. Now let's stay on topic - this post is about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it has nothing to do with Bullock!

Alex Billington on Oct 8, 2010


Exactly! It had nothing to do with Bullock, but I seem to recall you mentioning her in this article for absolutely no reason at all! That's why I considered it juvenile, you're more than well entitled to your opinion... but only when its in the proper context and not petty!

Kinks! on Oct 8, 2010

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