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Following David O. Russell's departure from the project, it was predicted on Sunday that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would become the new highly sought after project for directors thanks to a solid script based on a popular book. Turns out that the prediction was spot on.

The Wrap reports that the race for the director's chair has officially begun as Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Let Me In), Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), Mike White (Year of the Dog) and the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meaballs) have expressed interest in helming the project. A re-imagining of the Jane Austen novel based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, the film will take the classic character Elizabeth Bennet and turn her into a zombie hunter. It was previously reported that David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Mike Newell (Prince of Persia) and Neil Marshall (The Descent) are interested in the project as well.

What's most interesting about this mix of directors is that they all come from diverse backgrounds. Just as a cross-section, Marshall is best known for his work in the horror/action genre; Lord and Miller have typically worked in animation; and White's work as a writer includes School of Rock, Orange County and Nacho Libre. Whoever does end up with the gig will undoubtedly put their own spin on the project and come up with something entirely different than the others might have. It will certainly be interesting to see what direction they end up going.

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