Before Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter there was Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. Seth Grahame Smith, the author of both books, got a lot of attention for his 2009 Jane Austen mash-up which inserted the walking dead into her canonical work of literature, Pride and Prejudice. David O. Russell was at one point set to direct an adaptation of the book, which Natalie Portman will be starring in, but he has since moved on to other projects.
The departure leaves an open director’s chair that Lionsgate is now looking to fill. The world is that Craig Gillespie (Fright Night remake), David Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith himself are all being considered for the job, along with several, unnamed others, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are partners in Katzsmith Productions, which is behind the MTV comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Grahame-Smith is also working now on a script for Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of Vampire Hunter as well as Tim Burton’s adaptation of the TV series Dark Shadows.
Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith are being considered as a directing team, meaning they would share the gig if hired. Gillespie, who made his debut with 2007’s Lars and the Real Girl had previously been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job as well.
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