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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies still needs a damn director

03.17.2011

One would think a high-concept horror mashup like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES would be a slam dunk, but the feature film adaptation has continuously suffered headshots and been tossed back in the grave, only to rise again.

The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's hit parody book initially had David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER) writing and directing, but he departed due to supposed scheduling conflicts, even though he's since gone on to a half-dozen other different projects.

Seeking a suitable replacement, Lionsgate considered people like Mike Newell, Neil Marshall, and David Slade before settling on Mike White (THE SCHOOL OF ROCK), who then also fled.

Most recently we heard that LARS AND THE REAL GIRL director Craig Gillespie was in the mix (he also did the upcoming remake of FRIGHT NIGHT), but now Heat Vision says that author Grahame-Smith wants to make the movie his own self, and might get the chance along with producing partner and possible co-director David Katzenberg.

The zombified Austen remix from writer Seth Grahame-Smith follows heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who deals with romantic interest Mr. Darcy and her family's war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. The author also penned ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER (currently being adapted to screen by WANTED director Timur Bekmambetov), and wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's DARK SHADOWS.

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Source: Heat Vision

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3:00PM on 03/18/2011
So they'll greenlight this shit, but not a big budget 'Doctor Jekyll & Mister Benn'?

Come on, Mister Benn doesn't even have to drink a magic potion to turn into other characters, this shit writes itself!
So they'll greenlight this shit, but not a big budget 'Doctor Jekyll & Mister Benn'?

Come on, Mister Benn doesn't even have to drink a magic potion to turn into other characters, this shit writes itself!
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11:35AM on 03/18/2011
Edgar Wright would be an awesome director for this.
Edgar Wright would be an awesome director for this.
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2:19PM on 03/18/2011
totally agree, but i doubt he'd make another zombie film
totally agree, but i doubt he'd make another zombie film
9:56AM on 03/18/2011
I maybe way off by saying ditch this and make a Red Dead Redemption + Undead Nightmare movie.
I maybe way off by saying ditch this and make a Red Dead Redemption + Undead Nightmare movie.
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5:21AM on 03/18/2011

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Darren Aronofsky... unless they're filming someone he doesn't like the sound of right now.
Darren Aronofsky... unless they're filming someone he doesn't like the sound of right now.
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2:31AM on 03/18/2011
man this script must be a steaming pile of garbage to scare away as many directors as it has!
man this script must be a steaming pile of garbage to scare away as many directors as it has!
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2:24AM on 03/18/2011
I know Tim Burton isn't making great adaptations these days, but if he made it in the same style as Sleepy Hollow, dark and comically gory, it might work.
I know Tim Burton isn't making great adaptations these days, but if he made it in the same style as Sleepy Hollow, dark and comically gory, it might work.
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