We told you last week that Lionsgate was very close to nabbing Fright Night remake director Craig Gillespie to helm their big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Today the ‘Gate has made it official.
Natalie Portman is producing the film under her handsomecharlie films shingle with Annette Savitch, who arranged for Darko Entertainment to acquire the rights from publisher Quirk Books. Darko’s Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm will also produce. President of Motion Picture Production Alli Shearmur and Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Production Jim Miller are overseeing the project for the studio. Lionsgate will retain worldwide distribution rights.
“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. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is precisely the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: sophisticated yet youthful and edgy. Our movie will be all of those things – with zombies – and it will benefit enormously from Craig’s unique perspective,” says Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production.
The novel mixes Jane Austen’s 1813 classic novel Pride and Prejudice, centering on Elizabeth Bennet’s quest for love and independence, amid the outbreak of a virus that turns the dead into zombies. The story’s set in an alternate version of 19th Century England that features deadly ancestors roaming the countryside.
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