Lionsgate has announced that Mike White has officially signed on to direct the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Lionsgate offered him the directing gig earlier this month and he's taking on the challenge.
White doesn't have much experience in the director's chair. He directed the dark comedy The Year of the Dog, and also wrote films such as School of Rock, Orange County, Chuck & Buck. It was previously reported that, "White is seen as one of the few candidates who can handle the film's many tones."
White replaces director David O. Russell, who left the project last month. White seems like a pretty funny guy, but I have no idea what to expect from him on this movie, so it should be interesting to see how this turns out.
Here's the product description of the book:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you'd actually want to read.