Before they even hit the bookshelves Seth Grahame-Smith’s huge selling revisionist period horror novels have been hot properties in Hollywood. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – essentially a retelling of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice with added zombie mayhem – was announced back in 2009 but has had a hard time finding its way to the screen.
It has so far been through the hands of two directors, David O Russell (The Fighter) and Mike White (Year of the Dog). They didn’t stay long, leaving the production due to scheduling problems. Even the author himself and producing partner David Katzeberg considered taking the reins at one time.
Now according to Deadline Lionsgate have offered the gig to Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie, who entered the frame after White departed and who recently wrapped on DreamWorks 3D remake of 80s horror Fright Night starring Colin Farrell.
Many actors have been rumoured to be interested over the past couple of years including Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johannson, Bradley Cooper and most recently Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, but of course no-one is attached at this time.
So with this and Paramount’s big budget adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel World War Z in the works, the zombie apocalyse looks set to shuffle on and on for the foreseable future.