Craig Gillespie Likely To Direct <i>Pride and Prejudice and Zombies</i>

Craig Gillespie, who helmed DreamWorks' upcoming Fright Night remake, will soon begin negotiations to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Deadline reports.

Long considered a frontrunner for the Lionsgate film, Gillespie beat out a list of contenders that included Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the 2009 parody novel that sets Jane Austen’s characters in a Regency-era England where the undead roam the countryside.

The book was a smash hit, kicking off the mash-up trend that spawned Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Android Karenina, Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and similar works. However, the planned adaptation hasn't been as lucky, losing both David O. Russell and Mike White.

Numerous actors have been connected to the project -- Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, among them -- but none of them has stuck. Perhaps that will change if Gillespie's deal comes together and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies can trudge forward.

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