Fright Night Director Craig Gillespie to do the Monster Mash with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

The film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash-up novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES has had a bumpy road so far, but Lionsgate is hoping the third director is the charm. According to Deadline, Craig Gillespie, director of Lars and the Real Girl and the upcoming Fright Night remake, is now on board to helm the highly anticipated film.

Gillespie replaces Mike White (School of Rock), who replaced David O. Russell (The Fighter) in the director’s chair and it seems that Gillespie will be shooting from the script Russell submitted while he was still attached.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which lists Jane Austen as co-author, combines the 1813 classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of zombies with the story taking place in an alternate version of 19th century England where zombies roamed the countryside amidst a virus outbreak as Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters sought romance. You can read Amie’s review of the book here.

Natalie Portman is producing through her handsomecharlie production company with Annette Savitch, along with Darko Entertainment’s Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm.

Now that there’s a director and a script, it’s time to cast. Who do you want to see in the film?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has an expected 2013 release.

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