Speaking with Craig Gillespie at ongoing San Diego Comic-Con just a bit ago regarding Fright Night, his upcoming remake of the 1985 vampire classic, I managed to get the director to talk a bit about his next film, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, which he he told me will begin production “hopefully by the end of the year,” and that they’re still trying to get the cast locked down.
“I was not looking to stay in this genre, per se, but again, I got the script, David O. Russell wrote the adaptation [and] I just love when you can mix genres,” he said. “And this is, again, a mix of horror and humor. But the humor in this is from Jane Austen. And they stayed so true to the [original] book, and the banter, and the dialogue, from the actual ‘Pride & Prejudice’. And that to me is gonna be a lot of fun…they take it all very seriously, with the zombie threat.”
So how much of Russell’s original vision for the film will remain intact?
“A lot,” Gillespie responded, clearly not to keen to go into details. “He did a nice job with it.”