So who do you turn when the director of your project doesn’t work out? Well the writer, naturally. This is the case for the upcoming Lionsgate project, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) was the latest name to be tossed about to take charge of the project; however, for whatever reason Gillespie is no longer in the talks to handle the project. Now the project is being considered to be left in the hands of Seth Grahame-Smith who penned the project and his producing partner David Katzenberg.. The Pride and Predjudice and Zombies scribe was already announced to be adapting his Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Burton. But now Variety is reporting he’s signed on for the auteur’s other eagerly awaited project
What is exciting but also unnerving about the project is that neither one of these guys have ever directed before. Obviously, this is a big gamble for the project. Leaving a project that is so highly anticipated in the hands of amateurs is certainly not a good thing but on the bright side a risk like this can turn out really fucking good. Despite this setback I think Grahame-Smith directing the project is promising since he is the one who penned the script and knows what direction he wants it to go. What do you guys think??
According to Variety, the “Studio hasn’t set a release date for the bigscreen project, but it was included in a deal, announced in late April, between Imax and WB to release up to 20 WB films in Imax format through 2013.”