Craig Gillespie Is Still Directing ‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm,

For a moment there it looked like third time wasn’t the charm for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Craig Gillespie was rumored to be the third director (after David O. Russell and Mike White) to leave the project, which has struggled to move forward since the screen rights to Seth Grahame-Smith’s original novel were acquired by Natalie Portman’s Handsomecharlie Films, back in 2009.

Twitch had the scoop on Gillespie abandoning Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but Lionsgate has informed us that this is not the case. So it looks like progress on the romantic literature/horror mashup (which is slated to begin production by January 2012) won’t be halted after all.

Initial word about Gillespie’s departure was rather curious, since he was talking up the project very recently, while promoting the Fright Night remake. Gillespie has also been quite vocal about his excitement for the project in the past, between expressing his interest in making a stylized Gothic period tale crossed with a zombie action flick, and heaping praise on Russell’s draft of the script (which Gillespie’s Fright Night scriber, Marti Noxon, was eventually hired to rework).

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has struggled to snag an actress to portray the lead role of Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Popular starlets like Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, and Rooney Mara have all been either rumored for, or actually offered, the role at some point, but a deal was never worked out.

However, Dominic Cooper (Captain America, The Devil’s Double) is reportedly now attached to play Mr. Darcy in the film.

pride prejudice zombies movie Craig Gillespie Is Still Directing Pride & Prejudice & Zombies [Updated]

The combination of production delays, troubles landing a lead actress, and other assorted issues have left fans wondering just when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will actually make the jump to the big screen. While zombie movie fever will surely start dying out (no pun intended) in the future, there’s still enough demand there to all but ensure that Gillespie’s new horror-comedy effort does all right at the box office – especially since it’s supposed to be relatively cheap for an action-oriented tentpole pic, with a budget well under $50 million. Plus, those that enjoyed the Fright Night remake should be all the more interested to see what Gillespie and Noxon can deliver with their second (3D?) collaboration.

We will keep you posted on the status of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as more information is released.

Source: Twitch

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  1. I am a huge fan of anything zombie but this book was just terrible and boring. Please don’t bother making the movie. They’re already ruining World War Z, we don’t need to add this to the mix and really screw up zombie book adaptions like video game adaptions have gone and where remakes are.

    • How are they ruining WWZ? A few photos that have some guy standing there isn’t ruining anything…

      • There’s a whole discussion on the site if you wanna read it:

        “The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.”

        Not at all close to the plot of the book.