Though the movie still doesn't have a leading lady attached to it, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is one of the hottest film adaptations-to-be in Hollywood right now. The previously attached director was David O. Russell, who has headed such quirky films as "Three Kings" and "I Heart Huckabees," but he left the project last month to direct "Uncharted Drake's Fortune." Since then, Lionsgate has been toying around with just how they're going to present the flick to audiences, and thus has yet to settle on a replacement.
That could change very soon. The Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames is reporting that the two lead contenders to direct the flick are "The School of Rock" scribe Mike White and "The Descent" helmer Neil Marshall, though they say there's also a chance "Rocket Science" director Jeffery Blitz could sneak up and snag the project from both of them. The three very different directors would seemingly have three very different visions, so we decided to weigh the pros and cons of each of them.
Though he has frequently collaborated with Jack Black as producer and writer for such films as "The School of Rock" and "Nacho Libre," the only film Mike White has actually directed was the indie "Year of the Dog." White could definitely nail down the comedic aspect of the film and maybe even the sardonic elements of the story (this is "Pride and Prejudice" with zombies), but it's unclear how adept he'd be with the horror aspects of the film.
Neil Marshall, on the other hand, definitely has the experience with the horror genre. In fact, that's pretty much all he has experience with. While White's version of the film would probably lay heavy on the comedy and skimp on the scary elements of the story (again, zombies), we have a feeling that Marshall's version would lean the other way. Many scary zombies, maybe not so much on understanding the comedic aspect of zombies in the Victorian era.
And then there's Jeffery Blitz, the documentary creator ("Spellbound") turned indie film director ("Rocket Science") turned television mockumentary director ("The Office"). If there's one thing that can be said about his range of projects, it's that they're all really good, they're all a little bit weird, and they all definitely capture the funny. Would "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" work as a zombie-filled mockumentary? Probably not. But we have a feeling whatever Blitz ended up creating would turn out to be surprisingly satisfying.
Which director do you think would be best for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? Let us know in the comments!