Mike White Bringing 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Back to Life

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Mike White has closed the deal to direct "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that spices up the 1813 Jane Austen literary classic with a smattering of roaming, flesh-eating corpses and became an instant cult favorite.

White signed on after the departure of the originally pegged director David O. Russell—rumored to have left the project because of a scheduling conflict with his intended star, Natalie Portman.

Now that White is in place, casting should soon begin, starting with the beloved heroine Elizabeth Bennet and her dear, disdainful Mr. Darcy.

Since Portman passed on playing the female lead, there have been rumors of Scarlett Johansson paired with Bradley Cooper; however, it's unclear whether those two Hollywood heavyweights will stick, Deadline reports.

Bringing this baby back to life may take some supernatural skills, but with White (and his acerbic wit) in the director's chair, it's on its way to resurrection.

Previously, White was best known for penning "School of Rock" and made his directing debut with "Year of the Dog."