Update: To eliminate any possibility of confusion, be aware this reported director change has been thoroughly denied by Lionsgate. Craig Gillespie, the studio says, remains very much a part of P&P&Z. Original article follows for posterity. (via STYD and contact from Lionsgate reps.)
Oh, no, not this again. Lionsgate has had a terrifically difficult time getting a film version of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies off the ground. The film has gone through multiple directors and screenwriters, with David O. Russell penning a script and once planning to direct. He left; Mike White was hired to direct in his stead, then dropped out. Eventually Craig Gillespie (Lars & the Real Girl, Fright Night) was hired to direct, with Fright Night writer Marti Noxon coming on to rewrite the script.
Now Gillespie has reportedly bailed, too, leaving the project at square one yet again.
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The new Fright Night, which remakes and updates Tom Holland’s enduring and entertaining 1985 film about a high school kid who finds that a vampire has moved into the house next door, is about vampires and feelings, but not vampires with feelings. That’s something that’s clear right off in conversations with the cast and crew of the film on location in New Mexico. Or, in other words, this isn’t Twilight.
We’re in the local Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which doubles for the chain’s larger Vegas location. In the film, that’s the domain of stage magician and presumed vampire expert Peter Vincent (David Tennant). Tennant isn’t in the house, but most of the film’s major players are: Anton Yelchin, playing the hero Charley Brewster; Colin Farrell as Jerry Dandridge, the vampire next door; Imogen Poots as Charley’s new girlfriend Amy; and director Craig Gillespie, screenwriter Marti Noxon and effects guru Howard Berger. We only got to see a small bit of the film being shot, so after the break I’ll let the cast and crew give you the lowdown on this new version of Fright Night, in their own words. Read More »
For a certain segment of the filmgoing population, the prime appeal of Craig Gillespie‘s new take on the 1985 Todd Holland horror/comedy Fright Night is the presence of David Tennant. He plays Peter Vincent, the stage magician with a deep interest in the occult that high school student Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) attempts to recruit in the fight against a vampire (Colin Farrell) who moves in next door.
We only recently saw the first footage of the new Peter Vincent in the film’s second trailer, and now with four new UK character posters we get a good look at the Doctor-turned-Magician in full battle gear. Read More »
UPDATE: I’ve added to, retitled and bumped this story from a couple days back, as Deadline reports that Emma Stone has turned down the offer to star in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. A shame, as she would have been great in the role, but hardly a surprise given that it wasn’t so long ago that she made Zombieland. There may be other considerations that played into the decision, but the end result is all that matters at the moment. Original article follows after the jump. Read More »
The first trailer for Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night did a pretty good job of getting across the basics: Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin), his mom (Toni Collette) and his new girlfriend (Imogen Poots) have to deal with a little problem when a vampire (Colin Farrell) moves in next door.
But there was a lot the trailer didn’t touch on, with one character in particular being almost totally MIA. That was Peter Vincent, which Roddy McDowell played perfectly as an aging horror TV host in the original, and here has been reimagined as a Vegas stage magician played by David Tennant. A new trailer arrived last night via the MTV Movie Awards, and it gives a good look at the new Peter Vincent. It gives away one tiny little character reveal, so if you don’t want to know any more than you already do about the film, be warned. Read More »
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We probably could have guess that this would happen: not long after taking the gig directing Price and Prejudice and Zombies for LionsGate, Craig Gillespie has brought Marti Noxon on to rewrite the David O. Russell script. In addition to having a resume that includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon wrote the Fright Night remake that Mr. Gillespie directed last year. Footage of that one is getting out in the wild now, and the response is pretty good. So now they’ll work together once more.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revision of Jane Austen‘s classic novel, has made news for its shifting directorial roster over the past year. But it still has no cast, and until this new script draft is done, it is possible that there will be no one signed. Don’t expect to see Natalie Portman, who was once attached. But we’ll give you the names when deals come together. [The Wrap]
After the break, the Thor screenwriters are working on a new adventure film for Down With Love director Peyton Reed. Read More »
It’s bound to be a slow week as everyone gets back to work from the Memorial Day weekend, so lets start things off with a clip. This is the first semi-extended look at Colin Farrell playing the vampire in Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night. The character was played in the original by Chris Sarandon — played to great effect, too — and so Colin Farrell has big shoes to fill as far as fans are concerned. This clip will show some of the ways that he and Gillespie have made the vampire a bit different in this version of the film. Check it out after the break, along with the film’s MPAA R rating bulletin. No PG-13 for this one! Read More »
Remaking Fright Night, Todd Holland‘s still-entertaining 1985 teen vampire horror/comedy, seemed like a dire prospect. But then Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) came on to direct a script by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with Colin Farrell starring as the vampire who moves in next door to Charley Brewster, a high school student played by Anton Yelchin. OK, so far so good. The script is pretty solid, and adds enough things to differentiate it from the original that this isn’t at all a 100% straight remake.
Now the first trailer is out, and you’ll see how different some aspects of this version really are. While Chris Sarandon was perfect for the vampire role in the original, I’m happy to see that Colin Farrell’s version might be just as intense as intended in the script. I’ve moved past all the reservations I had about remaking Fright Night (because there’s nothing I can do about it) and while I’m not feeling mad excitement at the prospect of this version, I like the cast enough that I’m willing to give it a chance. Read More »
After weeks of back and forth, Craig Gillespie was finally announced yesterday as the new — and hopefully final — director of the Lionsgate film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The movie has had a long and public development path, with Natalie Portman producing and originally starring in the film based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel and David O. Russell writing the script and directing. Mr. Russell left a while back, Natalie Portman bowed out of the cast, and Mike White was hired to direct, then also left.
So Craig Gillespie is firmly in the director’s chair, but we’ve wondered about the fate of the David O. Russell script, which was once said to be the thing that gave the project a lot of momentum. The film’s new director says that script is still in play, and the film will shoot at the end of the summer. Read More »