Three Kings director to be brains of Austen Zombies movie?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

We reported earlier that Natalie Portman will be producing and playing Elizabeth Bennet in the new filmed version of Seth Grahame-Smith's Romero-ized take on Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Well, according to, it looks like this mash-up of manners and monsters will get a director in the form of indie dynamo David O. Russell, who has made Spanking the Monkey, Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees and who shows a fondness for genre through his producing duties on Outer Space Astronauts.

While those who know Russell's work might think his absurdist and quirky take on filmmaking might not dovetail with the traditions of English social comedy that are the cornerstone of the "straight" parts of Grahame-Smith's "expansion" of Austen, his dialogue and tackling of themes hint that he is a really literate guy and might be able to pull off this hybrid.

So, if this is true, do you think Russell can handle the genteel depiction of English manorial life and flesh-chomping undead? If not Russell, then who?