Lionsgate has selected Mike White to direct their adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an adaptation in itself of Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice.
Not too long ago it was reported that original director, David O. Russell, had decided to step away from the project, which was followed by the exit of star Natalie Portman — both due to scheduling conflicts. And while Portman will remain on-board as a producer, Russell jumped over to a video game adaptation of the hit title, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune for Sony Pictures.
After that, two top contenders to replace Russell in the director’s chair emerged: Neil Marshall and Mike White. Marshall has a lot of experience having directed titles like The Descent, Doomsday, and Centurion, and was clearly the favorite for the job. White was something of an underdog, on the other hand, having only directed one feature, Year of the Dog, and typically being associated with comedy. But alas, White showed something to Lionsgate that they liked, and the underdog has prevailed as the victor.
Though White only has one complete directorial credit to his name thus far, he is very well-known for his work as a writer and actor. His writing credits include Dead Man on Campus, various episodes of Dawnson’s Creek and Freaks and Geeks, Orange County, School of Rock, and Nacho Libre. Many of you would recognize him in a crowd as the teacher from Orange County, Jack Black’s frustrated roommate in School of Rock, and as the poor fella who met his demise via zombie intrusion while going about his business in a bathroom stall in Zombieland. He’s also worked as a producer on many of these as well.
Hell, the man was even a contestant on CBS’s The Amazing Race. He does it all. What do you guys think; like the comedy element possibly being an important part of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?