Somehow, 2010-2011 is going to go down as a time period when finding a director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turned into a massive undertaking. David O. Russell was going to make the film, but he walked. Many others were considered, then Mike White was hired, then he left, too. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, the upcoming Fright Night remake) has been said to be the top choice to be director #3, then for a minute it looked like PP&Z author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg might co-direct. But now Deadline says Craig Gillespie is getting the job after all.

The basic project (zombies are inserted into the text of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) doesn’t sound appealing at all, but I guess I can see why the idea of making a period drama with that weird horror overtone might be of interest to a director. It’s like a weird experiment; how do you take one thing and make it into something quite different, while only changing a few items? At this point, the whole arc of the project sounds like a weird experiment, though. Now we’ll have to watch how the casting process goes. I can only imagine that will take another few years.

After the break, Sylvester Stallone’s new movie needs a new director, but Meg Ryan probably won’t get the job because she’ll be busy making something else as her first film. Read More »

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It is the second day at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas based movie theater convention formerly known as ShoWest. This morning DreamWorks Studios held their presentation, showcasing footage and talent from Steven Spielberg‘s War Horse, Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel, Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night and the big screen adaptation of The Help. After the jump you can watch a video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider, giving our spoiler-free reactions of the footage screened.

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Briefly: The story of the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes one more twist. David O. Russell was once directing, and his script is still reportedly the basis for the film. After he left as director, Mike White came on and then left as well.

Now it seems like Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, the upcoming Fright Night remake) is the frontrunner to direct. Lionsgate hasn’t had anything official to say yet, and sources reporting the deal say it isn’t done. He’d make a good choice, however. I’ve only seen snippets of the Fright Night remake while briefly visiting the set of that film, while Lars and the Real Girl suggests he could handle the more serious dramatic aspects of this story, which preserves a lot of Jane Austen’s original novel. Let’s see if this one sticks and the film finally shambles to life. [Vulture]

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Update: As a few people have mentioned, Fright Night, which will be in 3D, also now has a release date: October 7, 2011. Amazing it has actually been given an October date.

The cast of the Fright Night remake, directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), has been shaping up quite nicely. The last major missing piece was an actress to play Amy, the girlfriend of Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin), the high school kid who discovers that a vampire has moved in next door.

Now the talented and rapidly up and coming Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later, Me and Orson Welles, Solitary Man) has taken the role, and the film is all set to shoot in a few weeks. More details on how this version of Amy differs from the character in the original, plus some other thoughts on the remake, after the break. Read More »

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We’ve known a little bit about the upcoming remake of Fright Night, to be directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl), but not a lot of key details. Most of what we know is background and casting: Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Marti Noxon wrote the script, and Anton Yelchin is in the lead role as a horror fan who suspects his new next door neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a vampire. Toni Collette is also in the mix, likely as the mother of Yelchin’s character.

Now we’ve got a few more details about the setup and tone of the film. Read More »

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The remake of Fright Night started off with a great piece of casting, as Anton Yelchin will play Charley Brewster, the young guy who fears for his life when he discovers that a vampire has moved in next door.

Now we’ve got a name for the vampire — Colin Farrell will play the role originated by Chris Sarandon in the original Fright Night. Read More »

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My favorite thing about Terminator: Salvation, and the only aspect of the film I’ve had any interest in seeing again, was the performance of Anton Yelchin. In general, I think Yelchin is among the better up and coming actors. He was just cast in The Smurfs (yeah, OK, everybody needs one total gimme) and now he’s nabbed the lead role in the remake of Fright Night. Given that the movie is happening at all, I think that’s great news. Read More »

Craig Gillespie to Remake Fright Night?

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lars and the Real Girl helmer Craig Gillespie is in final talks to direct DreamWorks’ remake of Fright Night. According to the Times source, “a sweepstakes that included at least three directors appears to be coming to a close, with Craig Gillespie the man who will likely sit behind the camera.” Dreamworks apparently met with a bunch of directors on Friday and began final talks with Gillespie to helm the remake. Marti Noxon, a veteran of television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Mad Men, has been writing the screenplay, with Michael De Luca and Alison Rosenzweig set to produce.
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