March 16, 2011 4:16pm PT by Pamela McClintock, Borys Kit
Hunt for Lionsgate's 'Prejudice and Zombies' Director Intensifies (Exclusive)
In addition to Craig Gillespie, Lionsgate is considering Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on Grahame-Smith's bestselling novel.
Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg -- who are producing partners -- would direct as a team. If they were to sign a deal, Pride and Prejudice would mark the feature directorial debut for both.
Gillespie's possible involvement was previously known.
Katzenberg -- son of Jeffrey Katzenberg -- and Grahame-Smith run Katzsmith Prods. They created and wrote the MTV comedy The Hard Times of RJ Berger, with Katzenberg directing.
Grahame-Smith is busy these days. His other book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is being made into a film by 20th Century Fox, with Grahame-Smith penning the adapted screenplay. He's also set to write Dark Shadows for Tim Burton.
Pride and Prejudice sets Jane Austen's novel in Regency-era England, where zombies roam the countryside -- and interfere in the lives of Austen's classic characters.
The novel shot to No. 3 on the New York Times Best Seller list in its first week. The book has sold more than a million copies and been translated into over 20 languages.
Lionsgate is also considering other possible directors.
Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are repped by WME.