‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Loses Third Director

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Perhaps a sign that adding zombies to a classic period piece is not quite as novel an idea as Lionsgate seems to think it is, Fright Night director Craig Gillespie has abandoned his role on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Gillespie’s departure marks the third directorial loss for the project; David O. Russell was originally attached, and he wrote the script before it was passed on to Mike White, who similarly left the film after coming to the realization that zombies in Pride and Prejudice is only worth giggling over for ten minutes, tops. Likewise, the studio has had a real shit of a time locking in a noteworthy lead for the film. Natalie Portman was once attached, but like every other fickle participant, she left, and since there have been talks about and/or offers out to Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively, yet still no one has committed to star–almost as if the spectre of Jane Austen is warding people away to keep them from desecrating her text. But no, that’s just the synopsis for Jane Austen: Vengeful Ghost, a film I’ve now accidentally conjured into pre-production. Sorry.

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