Mike White will direct Lionsgate's adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," reports Deadline.
The well-received literary mash-up introduces the undead to the prim and proper period setting of the Jane Austen's classic.
TheWrap first reported that White was being seriously considered for the highly-coveted gig back on Oct. 19.
While White hasn't directed a movie on such a grand scale, he is a veteran screenwriter ("School of Rock") and producer ("Nacho Libre") whose witty sense of humor will likely be a good fit for the film, which is described as a Victorian-era "Zombieland."
Perhaps White could populate the picture with cast members from the TV shows he used to produce, including "Dawson's Creek," "Freaks and Geeks, "Pasadena" and "Cracking Up."
Natalie Portman and Annette Savitch are producing the project through their company, Handsomecharlie Films, while Richard Kelly's Darko Entertainment will also produce.
Production is expected to begin early next year.
White previously directed the Molly Shannon comedy "Year of the Dog." He's represented by UTA.