Russell officially quit Nailed in July. At the time, the Hollywood Reporter announced that producers Douc Wick and Lucy Fisher "were being to cut their fees in half," presumably by financier Ronald Tutor, who owns the rights to Nailed.
It's officially been in post-production for months now. It's a political spoof that deals with healthcare and based on Russell's last film and the production woes, it's impossible to know what kind of tone the film will take now that Russell has out-and-out disowned it and a second director is coming in to pinch-hit.
So where does he go from there? Bleeding Cool broke word yesterday that though he has been attached at various points to Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, the PS3 action adventure game, that's no longer the case. It would've been a very strange choice for him but one that might have been so far out of his usual spastic sensibility that it would've done him a lot of good.
Now, Russell is again attached to direct Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The project, which Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's Darko Studios was set to produce, got a star and a new producer in Natalie Portman last December. Russell was officially tapped to direct the project at that time but it hasn't moved forward since then until now. but According to Portman, Russell has turned in a script for the project and it might finally start shooting early next year.
Russell is a perfect fit for Zombies considering that the original novel is only sporadically funny, its novelty wearing out after a while until the next gross-out zed-centric scene. Russell has that crazy, unsound energy that such a project would need to keep things moving and consistently funny. Or just flat out terrible. Either way, I don't think I'm alone in saying that the news is kind of inspired, even though I don't think I Heart Huckabees is that good. Here's hoping Nailed surfaces soon and, more importantly, that it's worth a damn.
For our last report on the Austen Zombie flick, check here.