After a really long, disappointing hiatus, news is finally once again popping up about the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Looks like we might even have a director and a leading lady!
According to Variety, Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) will be directing the film. Additionally, Lilly Collins is in negotiations to star in the film. Collins is best known for her roles in The Blindside, Mirror Mirror, and Abduction. She is also starring in the upcoming The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Already on board with the project are Darko Entertainment, Natalie Portman’s Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur. The screenplay was penned by David O. Russell.
For those of you not familiar with this story, take a peek below at a synopsis of the book:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read. (synopsis from Barnes & Noble)
What do you think? Does this bode well for zombie movies? Or might this film also garner the mediocre ratings that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter received?