Fans of lacy period costume dramas melded to narratives about walking dead bodies that eat flesh, today is gonna be your day, because the film adaptation of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel has finally nabbed a director—Graig Gillespie, director of Lars and the Real Girl and the upcoming Fright Night remake.
/Film has it that Gillespie has replaced Mike White (the screenwriter behind films like School of Rock, Nacho Libre, and Chuck & Buck).
Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate president of Motion Picture Production, stated why Gillespie was selected:
“We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film… His sensibility spans from genre bending horror to elegant character driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie.”
It seems like a sharp choice—Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl nicely balanced both heart and utter weirdness rather well, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies definitely requires a deft hand. In case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes Jane Austin’s classic novel and “features 85 percent of the original text has been preserved but fused with ‘ultraviolent zombie mayhem.’” So it’s pretty much the most amazing novel ever written, at least until Wizard of Oz and the Dead finally gets written (believe me, kids, I’m working on it).
What do you think of the choice of director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?