David O. Russell Ditches Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for Old St. Louis
10.05.10 by Ryan
Bad news for zombie fans: David O. Russell has left the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which Russell has been attached to since the end of last year.
According to Vulture, Russell left the project when Natalie Portman, who will star in the movie as well as produce, could not make Russell's preferred start date, leaving Russell to concentrate on Old St. Louis, a dramedy starring Vince Vaughn as a traveling salesman and absentee father whose life changes when his daughter becomes a part of his life.
However, with Old St. Louis changing start dates, casting changes have been made. Scarlett Johansson was set to co-star as Vaughn's secretary and on-again/off-again love interest, but now can't meet Russell's start date and has had to leave the project. Meanwhile, Chloe Moretz, who was initially offered the role of the estranged daughter but couldn't fit it into her schedule, is now reportedly up for the part once again.
As for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the project was proclaimed "dead." Portman revealed over the summer that she was "hoping to make [the movie] this coming year," which undoubtedly has been postponed in the wake of Russell's departure. Whether Portman will seek out another director is unknown.