Russell Dumps “Zombies” For “St. Louis”

David O. Russell (“The Fighter,” “Three Kings”) is set to direct Universal’s “Old St. Louis” as his next project reports Vulture.

The story follows a traveling salesman (Vince Vaughn) and absentee father who finds his life changing when his daughter (Chloe Moretz) becomes involved in his work. Russell penned the script while Vaughn and his sister Victoria will produce the $20 million project.

Russell and actress Natalie Portman were set to team on the “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” adaptation, but scheduling conflicts on Portman’s part have kept her from making the proposed start date.

This has urged Russell to move onto this project instead which will begin shooting this Spring. As a result of this change however, Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of playing the love interest in the project.