• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
MAR
16
4 YEARS

Hunt for Lionsgate's 'Prejudice and Zombies' Director Intensifies (Exclusive)

Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Craig Gillespie are among the names being floated to helm the film adaptation of the bestselling novel.

Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg
Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Seth Grahame-Smith, left, and David Katzenberg

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.