By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2011 at 6:56AM
Craig Gillespie (Lars and The Real Girl) will direct the Lionsgate adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films and Darko Entertainment are producing. The adaptation is based on Seth Graham-Smith's 2009 zombified expansion novel of the Jane Austen classic, a NYT Bestseller and Oprah's "Summer Reading List" mention. He also wrote the screenplay.
Lionsgate's Alli Shearmur says of Gillespie:
"His sensibility spans from genre bending horror to elegant character driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is precisely the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: sophisticated yet youthful and edgy. Our movie will be all of those things – with zombies- and it will benefit enormously from Craig’s unique perspective.”
Here is the synopsis:
About the film:
An expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen classic, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES retells the timeless story of love and independence amidst the ghastly threat of the undead. A mysterious plague has fallen upon England, and the dead are returning to life. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet courageously battles the zombie menace, but is distracted in her efforts to preserve England by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy. As the feelings between Elizabeth and Darcy erupt in sharp barbs and civilized sparring, it is the blood-soaked combat with zombies on the battlefield that unites them.