When most people stop to think about who they consider the ideal candidate to direct the movie version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, chances are they think of an auteur with warped sensibilities - like Terry Gilliam or Tim Burton or Nora Ephron (yes, we kid with the last one).
The L.A. Times is reporting that out of the numerous rumored candidates to direct P&P&Z, a fellow named Mike White has emerged as the top contender to helm a film that mixes a Regency-era (or Georgian, if we're being picky) comedy of manners with flesh-eating undead monsters.
White has only directed one other feature film to date and that was the 2007 release, Year of the Dog, a dark comedy that starred Molly Shannon as an socially-awkward secretary (that joke writes itself). He also penned the screenplays for the Jack Black comedies Orange County, The School of Rock, and Nacho Libre, and scripted a handful of episodes from the cult TV show Freaks and Geeks, as well as the late '90s drama, Dawson's Creek.
While White is far from a lock to helm Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Matt Reeves (Let Me In) is reportedly one rumored candidate that is not likely to land the job. Lionsgate and producer Darko Entertainment - which is appropriately run by Donnie Darko creator Richard Kelly - have apparently decided that the Cloverfield director is not up to the task of taking on a project that combines the conventions of the zombie genre with a satirical period piece. Take that as you will.
The popularity of AMC's The Walking Dead has clearly demonstrated that there is still a demand for onscreen zombie action and violence - when it is done right. P&P&Z does not focus so much on personal drama and its undead characters are not especially metaphorical (a la George Romero's Dead movies) - the basic concept of the story (classic literary characters must do battle against mindless monsters) is also its main selling point.
A film adaptation of P&P&Z is not a surefire box office success, though there is definitely an audience that will go see it. We'll wait until a director has officially signed on for the project before beginning a discussion about whether the whole idea sounds ludicrous - or if it just might be crazy enough to work.
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Source: L.A. Times