The list to direct the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s horror-comedy parody novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is growing after David O. Russell left the project at the beginning of the month. As we previously reported, David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) is on the list. Deadline updated their original story by reporting that Mike Newell (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) and Neil Marshall (Centurion) are also in the running. TheWrap is also throwing out some interesting names circling the project: Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), Matt Reeves (Let Me In), Mike White (The Year of the Dog), and the directing team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs). Hit the jump for more details on these potential helmers.
For those who don’t know, Grahame-Smith’s novel takes Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and throws zombies into the mix (Grahame-Smith didn’t give his book a misleading title). The project is being described as a “Victorian-era Zombieland“, and it’s interesting to see how the potential directors fall along the genre spectrum when you look at their previous work. Slade, Marshall, and Reeves are more on the horror-action side, White and Lord/Miller are known for comedy, and Demme and Newell have the most eclectic filmographies of the bunch.
Lord and Miller are currently attached to an adaptation of 21 Jump Street, but that project may be delayed since Sony may want Emma Stone to costar with Jonah Hill in the film, but will wait until she’s done with the Spider-Man reboot. If that’s the case, the pair might have time to do Pride in between. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a film I love more and more every time I see it so I’ll be interested in anything these guys do.
TheWrap reports that Lionsgate wants to put Pride and Prejudice and Zombies into production early next year so we should be expecting an announcement before the end of the month.