The movie version of the successful-for-some-reason novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies needs a director who can handle the subtle balance between social satire and undead hordes. I personally think they should have gone with an undead director for this – Zombie Sidney Lumet, for instance, would be just the kind of deft and unfussy visual stylist a project like this needs. But no, the producers have confirmed that they’re going with living (and previously attached to the project) director Craig Gillespie, continuing the trend of anti-zombie discrimination in Hollywood. Here’s a quote from Lionsgate president of Motion Picture Production Ali Shearmur on the Gillespie, whose previous credits include Lars and the Real Girl and the upcoming remake of Fright Night:
“We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film,” said Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate president of Motion Picture Production. “His sensibility spans from genre-bending horror to elegant character-driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie.”
Sure, completely ignore the fact that yet another non-zombie director is being trusted to make a movie about zombies. Just shameful.