Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Gets a Rewrite from Fright Night Screenwriter
Posted 06.01.11 by Ryan
When director Craig Gillespie was hired to helm Liongate's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, he revealed that he would need to "do a polish on [the script] and then get going, really." Gillepsie wouldn't have to look too long to find a writer.
The Wrap reports that Gillespie had his Fright Night remake screenwriter Marti Noxon perform the script polish on the draft left over from when David O. Russell was the project's writer and director. Russell left the movie last October, with Mike White hired to replace Russell a month later, only to quit in January.
In a recent interview with MTV, Gillespie described what he found attractive about the project.
It stays very true to the classic Pride and Prejudice. And it's set in that period, but then, of course, there's zombies. That clash [of] having to do such a dramatic, classic piece that has so much weight to it and people are so familiar with, and then just throw it on its head is just fun.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is still without a cast. Gillespie said that he has "not yet" cast the movie, though that will change now that Noxon has punched up the script.
Based on the best-selling mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith — and, initially, Jane Austen — Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was initially going to star Natalie Portman as Elizabeth Bennett, but the actress dropped out after Russell left. Portman will still produce the movie through her production company.
Grahame-Smith's second novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, was also picked up for a movie adaptation with Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) directing and Tim Burton producing.