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“Fright Night” remake director Craig Gillespie, who started his career with indie comedies like “Lars and the Real Girl” and “Mr. Woodcock”, has officially signed on to direct the big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. At least, for now.
Gillespie replaces David O. Russell (of “The Fighter” fame), who was attached in the beginning, but dropped out to do other projects. He was eventually replaced by Mike White, who also eventually dropped out later. Let’s hope Gillespie remains attached to the movie for longer than the last two would-be directors.
If “Pride” does get made, and at this point I’m putting it at fifty-fifty, it will be the second book by Grahame-Smith in production. His other horror/biography mash-up, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is already in full-swing over at Fox with “Wanted’s” Timur Bekmambetov directing.
Grahame-Smith’s “tweaking” of the Jane Austen novel finds the living dead invading polite British society. Tea-sipping and courtin’ in the backyard will never be the same again.