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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and no director, as David O. Russell departs

10.05.2010

Not too long ago, Natalie Portman was optimistic about getting her adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's hit parody book PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (which she's starring in and producing) up and rolling next year.

But now the project has been kicked into the grave, or at least back to the cemetery gates. Director David O. Russell (THREE KINGS, I ♥ HUCKABEES), who had been attached and actively working on the story, has now shambled away from the movie due to scheduling issues.

Russell (whose boxing drama THE FIGHTER opens in December) will instead be making OLD ST. LOUIS, his dramedy about "a divorced traveling toy salesman who reconnects with his teen daughter after years on the road." That one features Vince Vaughn and Chloe Moretz (KICK-ASS), although Scarlett Johansson reportedly just left the project over a schedule conflict, coincidentlaly.

Portman and Lionsgate will undoubtedly be looking for a replacement director to help her into the frilly dress of heroine Elizabeth Bennet, whose attention divided is between the pompous Mr. Darcy and her own family's war against hordes of flesh-eating rotters.

Extra Tidbit: Russell also left the adaptation of the videogame UNCHARTED earlier in the year.
Source: Vulture

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2:58PM on 10/06/2010

I read the graphic novel adaptation...

it was some good stuff.
it was some good stuff.
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11:44AM on 10/06/2010

I Bet...

Natalie Portman punched that stupid asshole in the throat until he ran away crying.
Natalie Portman punched that stupid asshole in the throat until he ran away crying.
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12:38AM on 10/06/2010
Why not let me direct it? I'll ask for way less money which could in turn be used for better effects. Its a win win situation.
Why not let me direct it? I'll ask for way less money which could in turn be used for better effects. Its a win win situation.
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11:22PM on 10/05/2010
This sucks because he would have done a great job, but I'm not gonna lie, Old St. Louis sounds pretty damn good. I love the pairing of Vaughn and Moretz.
This sucks because he would have done a great job, but I'm not gonna lie, Old St. Louis sounds pretty damn good. I love the pairing of Vaughn and Moretz.
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11:09PM on 10/05/2010

This sucks . . .

I was hoping to see the Divine Ms. Nat killing zombies while wearing corsets. Hopefully, they can scare up another director.
I was hoping to see the Divine Ms. Nat killing zombies while wearing corsets. Hopefully, they can scare up another director.
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10:10PM on 10/05/2010
Well this is lame.
Well this is lame.
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