For what has to be the fifth or sixth time, this cursed project has crawled its way back out of the grave with a new director and potentially a new star. Yes, after losing David O. Russell, Mike White, Craig Gillepsie, Natalie Portman, and maybe even Bradley Cooper, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novel is reportedly moving ahead, although the movie’s directorial pedigree has now slid all the way from “The guy who made The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook” to “The guy who made Charlie St. Cloud… you know, that movie where Zac Efron has a brother and a sailboat, or something.” Yes, Burr Steers — who, to his credit, also wrote and directed the rather better received Igby Goes Down — is reportedly the movie’s new director, and Mirror Mirror star Lily Collins is reportedly in line to play Elizabeth Bennet.
Portman left the project in 2010, but remained on as producer. In 2011, Emma Stone was discussed as the possible lead, but no deal was ever reached. Blake Lively and Rooney Mara were also named possibilities, but neither actress decided to take the leap. Even stars like Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson have had their names appear in stories about “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Now, however, it’s Collins who stands as the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” star.
For more on the film’s latest developments, head over to Variety.