David O. Russell was originally set to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Mike White also signed on as director before leaving the project earlier this year. There was also talk last month that Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel and adapted the screenplay, was being considered to direct. Here's what Alli Shearmur, Lionsgate's president of production, had to say about Craig Gillespie joining the project.
"We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film. His sensibility spans from genre bending horror to elegant character driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie."
The story is set in the same world as the classic Jane Austen novel, although the main characters Elizabeth Bennett and James Darcy are fighting off a zombie infestation.
It isn't clear when production will begin on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, although with a director finally locked in, it seems they are ramping up to start filming soon.