Director Craig Gillespie Leaves ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’

The split between the director and the studio was friendly, but had to do with things like who to cast in the film.

Director Craig Gillespie drops Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Director Craig Gillespie drops Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Fright Night director Craig Gillespie has left Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, making finding a director quite a task for Lionsgate. The split was friendly, but had to do with things like who to cast in the film.

Casting for the movie has also been a nightmare for the studio, actresses Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and most recently Blake Lively have passed on the lead role.

The search for a director and casting continues on for Lionsgate.

Seth Grahame-Smith novel mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic with a legion of bloodthirsty zombies. The official synopsis reads:

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?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Emma Greenwell, Matt Smith, Lena Headey. The film is directed by Burr Steers.

Sources: Deadline

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Comments (8)


    What the hell is going on that all these directors are leaving?

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  2. Gandoff

    This movie will never get made. but if it does, will not be even as close as good as it could be. In the end, a classic novel should never be made in such a way for a movie.

    3 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  3. slysnide

    I guess these people are too pretentious to make a mockery of "Pride & Prejudice." I mean really, some of them have starred in some really offbeat movies in the past, so this isn't that much of a departure.

    3 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  4. Dan

    Yep. Time to let this idea gooooooooo.....

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. DuaneBarry

    Headline of post: Director Craig Gillespie Leaves Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    Last line of post: The film is directed by Craig Gillespie.

    This type of careless error is far too common on Movieweb.

    3 years agoby @DuaneBarryFlag

  6. Cripple

    I think it's time for Lionsgate to just let this one die.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Those A to B class actresses passed with good reason

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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