Craig Gillespie To Rally Jane Austen's 'Zombies'

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UPDATE: For real this time.

Lionsgate has confirmed Craig Gillespie to direct "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."

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Lionsgate has been having a hell of a time in locking down a director for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." You'd think a good majority of the filmmakers out there would be dying (or undying, ha!) for a crack at adapting Seth Grahame-Smith's novel that incorporates walking corpses into Jane Austen's classic tale of early 19th Century manners and morals.

That has rather inexplicably not been the case, as the studio has been hunting high and low for someone to call the shots on the film after Mike White jumped ship a month or so ago. And now it looks like they've finally found the right man for the job, as Craig Gillespie is close to signing on the dotted line, according to Deadline.

Gillespie certainly has a knack for quirky characters, having directed "Lars and the Real Girl" and "Mr. Woodcock." And we have a feeling he also has a knack for horror (and, perhaps more importantly, horror-comedy), having directed this summer's "Fright Night," the highly anticipated re-imagining of the 1985 vampire flick.

Well, with Gillespie on board (or at least almost on board), we can finally get rolling with this thing. Casting news can't be too far behind, so stay tuned!

(Originally published on April 5, 2011, at 10:34 p.m. ET)