Pride and Prejudice and Zombies gets a director

Following several directorial changes, it has been revealed that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally has a director, with Lionsgate announcing that Craig Gillespie will helm the film.

We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film,” said Lionsgate president, Alli Shearmur. “His sensibility spans from genre-bending horror to elegant character-driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie.”

Gillespie had previously directed Lars and the Real Girl, and has recently just finished working on the horror remake Fright Night.

The film will be an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, which was a reworking of Jane Austen’s classic; the big difference being that a strange plague has resulted in the dead coming back to life, and the Bennet sisters have been trained in martial arts in order to tackle the zombie threat.

Director’s David O. Russell and Mike White were both previously attached to the project but dropped out. Natalie Portman was also set to star as Elizabeth Bennet, but left due to scheduling conflicts. She will remain as a producer.

Published in 2009, Lionsgate got a hold of the film rights as soon as the novel was published. It became such as success that a prequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, written by Steve Hockensmith, was released the following year. Hockensmith also wrote the newly released sequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, which was published in the UK earlier this month. A videogame adaptation was also released for the iphone last year.

The film will be released sometime in 2012.

Sources: Deadline

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