Director Craig Gillespie Has Exited 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'
All right, folks, time to shut it down. After news broke in August that Fright Night 3D director Craig Gillespie had left the production of the gestating adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the story was quickly debunked as the filmmaker was supposedly still attached to helm the feature. Now it sounds like we're back to the original story again as Deadline has word that Gillespie has officially exited the seemingly troubled attempt to bring Seth Grahame-Smith's period romance remix of the classic Jane Austen novel that brings the love of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett under vicious attack from the walking dead.
Gillespie is now the third filmmaker to walk away from the project (his issues apparently stem from casting disagreements) which makes me think it's just not meant to get made. Before this Mike White came aboard the film but was forced to exit due to scheduling conflicts with his HBO series "Enlightened." And before that David O. Russell was directing the film with Natalie Portman attached to star as well as produce, but both of those talents obviously fell away from the project as well. Maybe it's time to just get someone like Paul W.S. Anderson to direct the film since he has no trouble remixing historical films like The Three Musketeers by adding in airships and other silly elements. At this point someone needs to get this production in gear or people are going to continue to lose interest.