Craig Gillespie Talks Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Well that didn’t take long. Just a day after officially coming on to direct the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Craig Gillespie is ready to talk about the flick and what we can expect from it.

Entertainment Weekly caught up with Gillespie, who had the following to offer fans …

We have a really great script that we’re just going to do a polish on and then get going, really… David Russell (original director who left the project) wrote the script off the book, and it has such a great mix of humor and horror. I just love being able to juggle those two aspects. The humor is inherent in the Pride and Prejudice side, but taking that and accenting it with zombies is just a brilliant and fun idea. And there are such strong female characters, which is nice to have. It’s a great clash. There’s a lot of action in this. There are a lot of big set pieces in this film, which is exciting. Basically, as I said to the studio, at the core it’s a love story between Elizabeth and Darcy. If that’s not working, and we’re not rooting for those two [to] get together through all this craziness, the movie is not going to work. That’s key to me, to have this great emotional story going on, and all this craziness.

Okay. Works for us! Now get to filming before something else happens!

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.

Craig Gillespie Talks Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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