Craig Gillespie Becomes Latest Director Attached to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

     February 8, 2011


Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has had a tough time finding its way in front of cameras.  The studio has been trying to bring the Seth Grahme-Smith comedy-horror novel to the big screen for the past year or so with no luck.   David O. Russell (The Fighter) was first attached to direct the project with Natalie Portman set to produce and star in the film.  Portman then left the project, followed by Russell.   The studio then began to look for a new director with such names as Jonathan Demme, Matt Reeves, and David Slade being rumored for the job.  The studio eventually decided to go with Mike White (Year of the Dog) to only then have White walk away from the project a couple of weeks later due to a scheduling conflict with his upcoming HBO show, Enlightment.  Now, Vulture is reporting that Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is the latest director being rumored for the gig.

Gillespie seems to be a smart and logical choice for the studio.  He may be currently best known for directing 2007’s heartbreakingly sweet Lars and the Real Girl, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Lionsgate is choosing to court the director before he becomes a top choice for studios after his upcoming remake of Fright Night comes out later on this year.   It will now be interesting to see if the film will finally go into production or if Gillespie will end up leaving the project as well.  You can hit the jump to read a synopsis for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Here is a plot synopsis for Seth Grahme-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies per Amazon:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?”


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