Mike White named as director of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
Being a huge Jane Austen fan, I have to say that I wasn’t that interested in the Quirk Classics retellings of her, and various other classic, works (including Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). But thanks to my sister’s recommendation and a good old-fashioned library card, I have to say that I am a convert. While my enthusiasm for the books is high, I’m even more excited about the cinematic potential these books have.
We’ve been following the story of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES for some time now. About a month ago, we told you about the shortlist of possible directors for the film. That list included Jonathan Demme, Matt Reeves, Mike White, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Mike Newell, Meil Marshall, and David Slade.
Our very own Josh Brunsting had his heart set on Jonathan Demme or Matt Reeves, neither of which made the final cut. Mike White, who was mentioned as a top choice, has been named as the director of the film. White has many writing credits under his belt, including NACHO LIBRE, YEAR OF THE DOG, THE SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE GOOD GIRL, ORANGE COUNTY, and CHUCK & BUCK. His only directorial feature is YEAR OF THE DOG. It is reported that White was chosen for his unique ability to fuse tones and genres.
I like White for this project, as his work often deals with dark subject matter while remaining honest and humorous. It will be interesting to see what he does with the fantasy elements of the story.
With the director in place, Lionsgate can focus on casting. Hopefully they can get some big names attached to this one. At one point, Natalie Portman was attached to star, but she has since left the project. /Film reports that Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper have been mentioned as possible cast members.
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