Craig Gillespie says David O. Russell’s script will be used for PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 19th, 2011

With so many directors in and out of the chair on the big screen adaptation of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, questions naturally arise about the script as each director is likely to have a different take. So, with Craig Gillespie (LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, the upcoming FRIGHT NIGHT remake) now in for Mike White who was in for David O. Russell, Entertainment Weekly asked the director about just that.

According to Gillespie, David O. Russell's original script is the one being used for the film, with a little polishing of course before filming begins at the end of this summer. The director said it was Russell's "great mix of humor and horror" that drew him to it. Gillespie stated his involvement came about once the film was back on the market, after White's departure.

"I was still finishing up FRIGHT NIGHT, but in the meantime I called my agent and said, 'I want to see that script.' He said, 'I’m not sure we’d be able to figure out the timing.' But I read the first 30 pages and said, 'I want to do this.' It’s just such a great combination between classic literature — Jane Austen, and meshing it with zombies. The challenge of meshing those two genres is really exciting to me."

Head on over to Entertainment Weeklyto read the rest of what Gillespie has to say about helming the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up of classic literature and rotting ligaments.

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