David O. Russell leaves Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Vulture reports that director David O. Russell is leaving Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a film based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith. The reason behind his departure is a scheduling conflict with producer and star Natalie Portman.

Russel is moving on to  direct Old St. Louis, starring Vince Vaughn, who plays a traveling salesmen struggling to reconnect with his daughter. Apparently Russel’s move has consequences as Scarlett Johansson, who was attached to the project, has scheduling conflicts with the new start date and must drop out. It’s not all bad though, the new schedule does allow Chloe Moretz to now join the project as Vaughn’s daughter.

I really liked the book so I am looking forward to seeing this movie… eventually. (A side note: If you plan to read it, please read the original Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen first, trust me, it’s not only a great books in it’s own right, but it makes the Zombie adaptation much funnier.)

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