Third time's a charm. We hope.
After going through David O. Russell and Mike White, Lionsgate has turned its attention to Fright Night remake helmer Craig Gillespie to take over directing duties on the currently rudderless adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's literary mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Deadline reports. This confirms news that was hinted at in February and returned to again earlier this month. If you've been following the developments on Zombies closely, you are likely unsurprised by the hiring.
"We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film," Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate's president of motion picture production, told Deadline. "His sensibility spans from genre-bending horror to elegant character-driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie."
It's an interesting choice of words, largely because Grahame-Smith's book plays things pretty straight. But there's no doubt Gillespie can straddle that line between genre horror and character-driven comedy. Before Fright Night he was probably known best for Lars and the Real Girl. None of us has seen his '80s vampire-movie remake, but it looks solid enough so far. Assuming he can marry the sensibilities he tapped into for that with those he brought out for Lars, Zombies could end up being a perfect match for him.