Directors, Actresses Circle “Prejudice & Zombies”

The planned adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith comedic revisionist novel “Pride, Prejudice & Zombies” looks to have risen from the dead.

Earlier this month it was reported that director David O. Russell had officially left the Lionsgate film due to scheduling conflicts with Natalie Portman who was slated to star in and produce. Soon after, it was revealed Portman had already dropped out of starring in the project. At that point, things were stuck in stall and seemed unlikely to move.

Now, Deadline reports that Mike Newell (“Prince of Persia,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”) has emerged as the front runner to replace Russell in the director’s chair, while other directors are in the mix including Neil Marshall (“The Descent”) and David Slade (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”).

Before he dropped out, Russell apparently had Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper lined up to play Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Lionsgate claims no cast has been named yet but Pajiba reports that Mia Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton and Catherine O’Hara are also under consideration for the roles of Elizabeth, Lady Catherin and Mrs. Bennett respectively.