Nope. Turns out the rumor from earlier today that director Craig Gillespie had left Lionsgate’s film adaption of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is false. Which is a good bit of news in a long list of bad news bears the film has had to endure.
Gillespie is developing the zombie-Austen novel by Seth Grahame-Smith with screenwriter Marti Noxon. The two collaborated on Fright Night which met fairly positive reviews. Does this speak to how they’ll fair in adapting PPZ? Is there a role they could cast David Tennant in? The fans need to know!
Craig Gillespie‘s remake of the 1985 cult classic, Fright Night opens this weekend. So of course, in good ‘ole promotional fashion the internet has been inundated with clips. Collected here for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, I dunno, vampires might not be your thing) is a bunch of clips which have been released this week.
In this cavalcade of clips, available below the cut, you’ll see David Tennant as a vampire-slaying badass, Colin Farrel as the smarmy vamp in an awesome red band clip, as well as Toni Collete playing cool mom to Anton Yelchin.
Admit it, you think Colin Ferrell is one sexy sumbitch and you know it. Why not indulge yourself with him and his fellow castmates as part of their Fright Night panel in Hall H. You don’t get any exclusive scenes or special footage though, just the actors, writer Martin Noxon and director Craig Gillespie talking about of the 2011 remake. Thankfully nobody was bitten before the start of the panel.
Thanks once again to Trailer Addict for recording the panel, fangs off to you gang.
If you discuss the new Fright Night in different social circles, for example a group of nerds and a group of non-nerds, you’re going to find different aspects of this film mentioned. For instance, a group of non-nerds may comment on what a sexy vamp Colin Farrel is (barf) or maybe that they’re totally done with vampire movies. The most likely response form the group of nerds will be, “David Tennant!! OMG! SQUEE!! DOCTOR WHOOOO! I LURVE HIM!!” Or something along those lines. And it doesn’t matter the gender of said nerd, we all are freakin’ adore David Tennant.
Funny then, how Tennant has been barely featured in the trailers. At least now with these new character posters we get a decent look at his vampire huntin’ magician, Peter Vincent. Check out the gallery below.
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all–he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right– yet no one, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), seems to notice! After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
Earlier this week we reported Emma Stone, the fabulous red head whose turning up in dozens of movies nowadays, was offered the role of zombie-slaying Elizabeth Bennet in Craig Gillespie‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Well, guess what? She’s turned it down. Apparently the Zombieland star doesn’t want to be typecast as a kicker of undead ass.
According to Deadline the offer never even made it to the negotiations stage, so Miss Stone probably wasn’t even interested in the 19 century period piece with zombies. Here’s hoping they get this role cast soon, PPZ has been hovering around in pre-production hell for some time now. It’s a bit of a shame because I thought Stone would have been perfect. Then again, I thought the same about Natalie Portman. Who would you like to see get cast as the zombie killing heroine?
The Fright Night remake from Craig Gillespie is only months away, so consider this the first of many clips coming our way. It will be released in 3D and stars Colin Farrel, Anton Yelchin, David Tennant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Toni Collete and will be released August 13th. I really hope this one lives up to the original, maybe with a little less camp. But it does need to be funny, which this clip and the trailer haven’t shown.
Here’s the film’s synopsis if you’re not familiar,
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in high school. In fact, he’s so cool he’s even dissing his best friend Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But trouble arrives when an intriguing stranger Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a great guy at first, but there’s something not quite right—and everyone, including Charlie’s mom (Toni Collette), doesn’t notice. After witnessing some very unusual activity, Charlie comes to an unmistakable conclusion: Jerry is a vampire preying on his neighborhood. Unable to convince anyone that he’s telling the truth, Charlie has to find a way to get rid of the monster himself in this Craig Gillespie-helmed revamp of the comedy-horror classic.
See, even the synopsis mentions comedy, so where’s the funny!?
This sneak peak features Jerry (Farrel), the vampire next door, giving a reality check to Charlie (Yelchin).
I don’t know if Farrel’s vamp can stand up to Chris Sarandon’s, but he does come off as really creepy, so win? Of course, we’re all waiting for some footage of Tennant as Peter Vincent. It’s completely different from Roddy McDowell’s role, but who cares, it’s David Tennant, as nerds we’re going to love him.
Very soon Craig Gillespie will be signed as director for the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s classic zombie-killing romance,Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The novel, if you’re unaware, is an integration of martial arts intense action scenes and hordes of undead into the beloved Jane Austin classic about stubborn lovers. It’s awesome. And the film has been rumored to be beginning production many times, all to no avail. At one point Natalie Portman had been attached to star as the zombie-slaying Elizabeth Bennet, but sadly that didn’t come to fruition. Now with a director attached, one whose credits include Lars and the Real Girl and recently wrapping up on Fright Night, starring Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrel and David Tennant, this project might actually get moving.
Now to start speculating about who they’ll be casting! I would love to see Keira Knightley in the role of Elizabeth. She’s already played the role, marveously, in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice and we know she can kick ass in an action movie; Domino, the Pirates trilogy, King Arthur. Who do think would make a great 18th century kicker of zombie ass?
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.”
Wow, so it sounds like this Pride and Prejudice and Zombies film adaptation is turning into a big heaping pile of zombie shit! Not one, but two big directors have now backed out of the project. Both Mike White (Year of the Dog) and David O. Russel (The Fighter) have decided to drop the project after things not working out. Now, there is a third director enlisted to utilize some Charmin and clean up this mess; director, Craig Gillespie (Lars and The Real Girl) supposedly the new man to do this daunting task!
Our spies tells us that Craig Gillespie, helmer of Showtime’s The United States of Tara and 2007’s indie drama Lars and the Real Girl, is in talks to direct
So what exactly is the problem with this adaptation that has these directors running away from it as though it were Ke$ha’s vagina? Well, as much of a classic as Pride and Prejudice is, to be honest, its just plain boring. So can adding the undead to the plot really add life to it?? Also, maybe there is just not enough there to really warrant a big screen debut. Here’s an overview of the plot of the book to help you decide,
“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 as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Can she vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?
So what do you guys think? Will Gillespie be able to turn this Zombie failure into a proper and respectable brain eating machine??