Mike White Drops Out of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Posted 01.20.11 by Ryan
The success of writer Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies — a mashup of Jane Austen's classic and the undead — seemed to indicate that a movie adaptation wasn't far behind, so when a movie version was announced to be in the works in late 2009 with David O. Russell writing and directing and Natalie Portman producing and starring, it wasn't much of a surprise. What has been surprising is how long it has taken for the movie adaptation to get off the ground.
Russell dropped out of the project last October, and Portman followed shortly thereafter. After a month of searching, writer-director Mike White was hired to direct instead, seemingly putting an end to the prolonged pre-production process. Now, White has left too.
Deadline reports that White left the project due to scheduling issues stemming from a prior commitment to HBO that could not be ironed out. White expressed regret in a statement to the site.
I loved the project and looked forward to working with Lionsgate. Unfortunately, the timing could not be worked out. I wish them the best with the movie.
Another director is currently being sought for the movie, which remains in "development hell." Grahame-Smith's second novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, is faring much better and is on track to start production later this month. Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is set to helm the movie, which was given a release date of June 22, 2012. Casting for the lead role is currently underway.