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Craig Gillespie to Direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By April 19, 2011

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Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesWell, it's official...at least for now. Lionsgate has tapped Craig Gillespie to direct the big screen adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Gillespie is the latest in a long line of directors - including David O Russell and Mike White - who've been rumored to be attached to or have actually been announced as the director of the much-anticipated film based on the bestseller by Seth Graham-Smith and Jane Austen.

Natalie Portman (who was previously attached to star) is producing the film along with Ted Hamm, Richard Kelly, and Sean McKittrick. President of Motion Picture Production Alli Shearmur and Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Production Jim Miller are overseeing Zombies for Lionsgate.

Announcing Gillespie's signing, Shearmur stated, "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."

Gillespie previously directed the twisted indie romance Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling and recently wrapped up work on the 2011 version of Fright Night with Colin Farrell.

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