From Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Wikipage: “Based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s 2009 novel [and] first announced on 12.10.09 in Variety, where it was revealed that Natalie Portman would both star in the role of Elizabeth Bennet and produce, and that Lionsgate would finance and distribute.” Thud. “On 12.14.09 David O. Russell was announced as the writer and director of the film, but it was announced on 10.5.10 that Russell had left the production due to disputes with Lionsgate over the budget. The next day Portman had quit the role of Elizabeth Bennet, though she would still produce the film.” Double thud. “Following Russell’s departure, Lionsgate offered the directing reins to Mike Newell and Matt Reeves, but both declined. On 11.5.10 it was announced that director Mike White had left the film due to scheduling conflicts.” Bullshit? “In February 2011 Craig Gillespie took over as director. On 10.27, it was announced that Gillespie had left the film. At one point, both Jennifer Aniston and Rowan Atkinson were attached to the project. On 5.2.13 Lily Collins confirmed that the film was still in the works and announced that she would star in the film as a leading role. On 8.4.14 it was announced that filming would begin in September, with Lily James as Elizabeth, Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, and Bella Heathcote as one of Elizabeth’s sisters. Jack Huston joined the cast on 8.12.14.”