Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the (hopefully) soon to be started Lionsgate flick, has undergone a turbulent year of different directors, rumours and actors in-and-out. So, I bring you another potential director Craig Gillespie known mostly for some episodes of that series The United States of Tara (which I disliked) and Oscar-nominated Lars and the Real Girl. He’s also doing the 1985 Fright Night remake that should be hitting the screens in August.
But why has it been so difficult for this venture to find a director? Particularly when it has a high cult following, and is almost guaranteed to make some big numbers at the Box Office? Is it, as frequently suggested, scheduling problems?
(Trailer: Lars and the Real Girl)
School of Rock writer Mike White has apparently been offered the job by Lionsgate to direct Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I’m waiting on confirmation, but web sources are fairly sure). I won’t deny that School Of Rock was an epic movie that I have watched many times (there’s a trailer below if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it before). But this choice has now solidified the film into the ridiculous as far as I am concerned- particularly when considering that Mike White even had a romp around the Zombieland film set.
It’s looking grim for the Quirks Classic potential movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But why? It was set to be a masterpiece- with Austen-style beauty and the undead combined. Or something. David O Russell, the planned director, bailed on the production. As did Natalie Portman (set to be producing and acting as Elizabeth Bennet). But… there might be some good news…