Fright Night remake director Craig Gillespie quits project over casting

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies coverFeel you have what it takes to direct a Hollywood horror comedy making fun of a literary classic? Then send your CVs to Lionsgate.

They are looking for a new director now that director Gillespie has quit the project over casting disagreements with the studio.

The movie will be based on a 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith which re-imagines Jane Austin’s classic novel . . . but with zombies.

Here’s what the jacket blurb has to say:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

 So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

But before you dash off your CV to Lionsgate, just take into consideration that all of the following actresses have already turned the project down: Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone and Blake Lively.

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