Things were looking bleak for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Lionsgate's adaptation of the hilarious and horrifying Seth Grahame-Smith novel, when David O. Russell dropped out as director some months ago. Then, things were looking up when Year of the Dog director Mike White stepped in to fill out Russell's place. Now, we're back where we started: White is out, and the Zombies need a new director to feast on.
Deadline reports that White was forced to back away from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies due to insurmountable scheduling conflicts with a preexisting commitment at HBO. White said of his departure in a statement: "I loved the project and looked forward to working with Lionsgate. Unfortunately, the timing could not be worked out. I wish them the best with the movie."
White's departure leaves Lionsgate in a bit of a scramble to find a new director, as the studio and distributor still hope to get the project up on its feet as quickly as they can. It's good that they're still determined to get this movie made, but let's just hope their haste doesn't bring the wrong director into the picture.