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The long and arduous development process of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' keeps getting longer and more arduous. Unable to find a leading actress after reported offers to Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Rooney Mara and Blake Lively, all of whom turned the film down, 'Zombies' has lost its third director. Craig Gillespie ('Fright Night') is the latest helmer to hit the door, following David O. Russell and Mike White. The split was apparently "amicable," though, according to Deadline, there were disagreements between Gillespie and Lionsgate over who to cast. Based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith, 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' reimagines Jane Austen's classic... with zombies. The studio will look for another director, preferably one that comes with a leading lady. [Deadline]

Fans of 'The King of Comedy,' take note: Sean Penn will direct Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig (!) in 'The Comedian,' about an angry and aging comic (De Niro) who gets sentenced to community service after attacking an audience member. Wiig will play the "woman who turns his life sideways." (Isn't that always the way?) Hopefully Sandra Bernhard finds time to cameo. [Variety]

'Expendables' star Sylvester Stallone has found his next action project: 'The Tomb,' about a structural engineer who gets framed for murder and must escape from a prison he helped design. It's like 'Prison Break,' but with fewer fake tattoos. [Variety]

The Steven Soderbergh-directed stripper drama 'Magic Mike' has found a release date and studio. Warner Bros. officially picked the film up with eyes on a June 29, 2012 bow. Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello co-star. [Deadline]

If you love 'Paranormal Activity' (or even if you don't), Paramount has some news: the studio will screen all three films back-to-back-to-back tonight exclusively at Regal Cinemas for the price of one ticket. Not only do the movies cost nothing to make, but now they can cost you almost nothing to see. [Coming Soon]

Remember how Warner Bros. was going to stop production on 'Harry Potter' DVDs and Blu-rays (but not digital files or video games titles) starting on Dec. 29? Don't expect 'HP' to stay stuck in a virtual Azkaban for very long. "There is discussion internally about aggregating assets from all of these films over the last decade and adding some new things - we've never done an Ultimate Edition on the final two films - and doing some grand kind of piece," said Jeff Baker, Senior VP and GM of Warner Bros.' theatrical catalog. "It could be the end of 2012 or the beginning of '13." No kidding. [EW]



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