Pride & Prejudice and Zombies Having Difficulties with Film Development

Deadspin reports director Craig Gillepsie has left the film currently in development by Lionsgate. He reportedly signed on for the project six months ago but left on “amicable” terms over disagreements with the studio on casting.
Gillepsie, who most recently helmed this year’s “Fright Night” remake, had been chosen to replace “Enlightened” director Mike White on the project.
White replaced original director David O. Russell, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” According to Slash Film, nine different filmmakers have now been attached or rumored to be attached to this project.
To make matters worse, the film is struggling to find a lead to play the role of Elizabeth Bennett. When the movie was first announced, Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman was said to play the main character. Then she said she would produce instead.
The lead actress role has since been reportedly offered to Hollywood A-listers Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, and Mila Kunis — who have all turned it down.
For now, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is in danger of not being made at all.

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and contemporary novels.
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2 Responses to Pride & Prejudice and Zombies Having Difficulties with Film Development

  1. bellastreet says:

    Bummer! Is it because the actresses don’t want to look zombified? Seems to me this would be such a blast to be in!

  2. The story is still 80% Jane Austen. The 20% Zombie story is inserted at key points.

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