If you were like me, and hoped that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be adapted as a straight-up period piece with a dash of Zombieland-meets-Mel-Brooks, prepare to have your hopes dashed. Pajiba is reporting that David O. Russell is set to direct the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's "book."

Russell doesn't have any period pieces or horror films on his resume, but I'm not going to hold that against him. Instead, I'm going to bang my head against the desk because the combination of Natalie Portman and Russell is sending Zombies straight into smirking hipster territory. Yes, it's a knee jerk reaction. Russell could totally surprise us all, and take a traditional turn. But considering the whiff of self-aware geekery that already pervades this literary trend, I can't see it going any other direction but deliberately quirky. Can you?

Oh well. It was an amusing prospect while it lasted, and I suppose it was wishful thinking to hope that a Masterpiece Theater alumni would come aboard, anyway. At least this adaptation will provide analytic fodder for a few English literature students to come, since Zombies will probably feature the first and only interpretation of Elizabeth Bennet as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl.