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From Fright Night remake to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

02.08.2011
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LARS AND THE REAL GIRL director Craig Gillespie probably wasn't the sort of guy you expected to update an 80s fave like FRIGHT NIGHT, but he must have proven himself with such satirical horror material.

According to Vulture, Gillespie is now up for the shambling literary parody PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. The troubled Lionsgate production started out with David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER) writing and directing, but he departed and left behind a script in search of a director.

Mike White (THE SCHOOL OF ROCK) briefly filled the position, while other names once mentioned for the job included David Slade, Mike Newell, Matt Reeves and Neil Marshall.

The zombified Austen remix from writer Seth Grahame-Smith follows heroine Elizabeth Bennet, whose attention is divided between the pompous Mr. Darcy and her own family's war against hordes of flesh-eating rotters.

While Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper (among others) were supposedly once linked to the project, it seems that no actors are currently attached.
Extra Tidbit: Richard Kelly (DONNIE DARKO) is producing, although Natalie Portman is apparently no longer involved with the project in a production (or any other) capacity.
Source: Vulture

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8:16AM on 02/09/2011

Only the 2nd book ive never finished...

As it was rubbish. I think it was a great premise - to see how period England would deal with a zombie outbreak - but it was done badly. The author just literally took Austen's novel and added a bit to the end of each chapter where they fight off some zombies. It was lazy, uninteresting and unfunny. A quick cash in on the zom-com genre.

I guess it could work better on film with some decent talent on it, but I wont hold my breath...
As it was rubbish. I think it was a great premise - to see how period England would deal with a zombie outbreak - but it was done badly. The author just literally took Austen's novel and added a bit to the end of each chapter where they fight off some zombies. It was lazy, uninteresting and unfunny. A quick cash in on the zom-com genre.

I guess it could work better on film with some decent talent on it, but I wont hold my breath...
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8:50PM on 02/09/2011
I agree 100%! I started reading it with the impression of it being a well thought idea, but it just does not grab you - at all. In fact it's down right boring, even the zombie scenes within the story. I got about half way through, and set it aside. I then picked up "Star Wars: Red Harvest", which is a Star Wars story with zombies. It was pretty good actually.
I agree 100%! I started reading it with the impression of it being a well thought idea, but it just does not grab you - at all. In fact it's down right boring, even the zombie scenes within the story. I got about half way through, and set it aside. I then picked up "Star Wars: Red Harvest", which is a Star Wars story with zombies. It was pretty good actually.
4:36AM on 02/09/2011

Think the dudes name is...

CRAIG Gillespie.
CRAIG Gillespie.
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2:31AM on 02/09/2011

I wonder what Jane Austin would think about her book being rewritten to include zombies.

hmmm? wonder why so many people have left this thing. Makes you wonder if the script sucks.
hmmm? wonder why so many people have left this thing. Makes you wonder if the script sucks.
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12:12AM on 02/09/2011
Not the director I expcted to get the job, but I am willing to give him a chance.

I find it interesting that this movie is having a hard time getting made. Zombies are like hot cakes at the moment.
Not the director I expcted to get the job, but I am willing to give him a chance.

I find it interesting that this movie is having a hard time getting made. Zombies are like hot cakes at the moment.
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12:02AM on 02/09/2011
Edgar Wright would knock this out of the park. Especially if Portman would have stayed with the project.
Edgar Wright would knock this out of the park. Especially if Portman would have stayed with the project.
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