Gillespie is the third director to depart the film, following David O. Russell and Mike White, who had previously attempted to get the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation off the ground.
The departure is said to be amicable and based primarily on the troubled casting which has seen pre-production stretch out since 2009.
With Gillespie out, who will be the next director to bring this story to life? Rumours that Grahame-Smith might co-direct with producing partner David Katzenberg are likely not to amount to anything – but who knows how desperate Lionsgate will get?!