‘Pride & Prejudice & Zombies’ Movie Is Still Alive [Updated]

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PPZ Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Movie Is Still Alive [Updated]

The film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s classic literature/horror mashup, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, was seemingly left for dead (*rimshot*) in the wake of director David O. Russell’s departure.

Deadline is now saying that, with Darren Aronofsky seemingly set for Wolverine 2, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has become the new hot director’s job that is currently up for grabs.

Mike Newell (Prince of Persia) is reportedly an early frontrunner to helm the new take on author Jane Austen’s classic 19th century comedy of manners, which should soon join Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as the second adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s “revisionist” literature to be officially greenlit. Neil Marshall (Centurion) is also “officially” in the running to direct P&P&Z as well.

P&P&Z mixes romance, humor, and (obviously) zombie violence, so whoever is selected to helm the film adaptation will have to be adept at both comedy and action. Newell has a couple of big-budget actioners under his belt now and got his directorial career going with the British rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral, while “Splat Pack” member Marshall often mixes camp and graphic horror violence in his films – so both seem like reasonable choices for the job.

ScarJo and Bradley Cooper Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Movie Is Still Alive [Updated]

Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper in 'He's Just Not That Into You'.

Prior to his departure from P&P&Z, Russell had reportedly lined up Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper – who appeared together onscreen before in the ensemble rom-com He’s Just Not That Into You – to play Miss Bennet and Mr. Darcy, in turn. Both Johansson and Cooper are in-demand talents who are already onboard for a handful of other projects, but should still be considered definite possibilities for the time being.

Cooper – whose screen persona is generally kind of goofy – seems like an odd choice for the role of the more serious and morose Mr. Darcy, but, then again, P&P&Z will be very much a tongue-in-cheek affair for all parties. Both Cooperf and Johansson are easy on the eyes and showed off their action chops this summer in The A-Team and Iron Man 2, respectively, so they seem like decent matches for the material as well.

Update: BD Horror News is reporting that offers have gone out to Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (who plays the White Which in the Chronicles of Narnia movies) to star in P&P&Z.

Who do you want to see bring Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (dare we say it) to life?

Source: Deadline, BD

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  1. I greatly enjoyed the book and was excited when Natalie Portman was attached. But I couldn’t bring myself to see it if it starred Johansson and Cooper. This parody is perhaps more serious than novel it is based on – - since life and death are much more imminent.

    I also just don’t care for Johansson and Cooper is way too pretty to be playing Mr. Darcy. This is just disappointing indeed.

    I could see Tilda Swinton as Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but Swinton seems a little young for the part. Lady Catherine’s role in the book is physical so maybe they’ll have to cast younger.

  2. I’d say scrap the whole thing. This zombie genre has gotten a little out of hand lately.

    • anyone who thinks that zombies have been overdone should be eaten by a zombie…..

  3. I have to agree with Poleethman.
    Too many boring comedy/horror films about these days, do we really need another?
    I know i won’t be paying to see this. It sound a bit lame!

  4. So they couldn’t find any English actors to play the leads? That’s pathetic.

    • DrSamBeckett: I’ve thinking about your comment since I read it. You’re right. There’s no reason why in the booming business of talented British actresses, not one of them could be Elizabeth Bennett.

      So I’ve come up with a list. I’ll give a reason why yes or why maybe not but my only real criteria is the age. Elizabeth Bennett claims that she is not yet one and twenty in “Pride and Prejudice” so I attempted to keep my picks to women under 30.

      In no particular order:
      1. Emily Blunt.
      2. Abbie Cornish. Not British I know. She’s Australian but her accent came off nicely in “Bright Star.”
      3. Carey Mulligan. She has already played Kitty Bennett in Joe Wright’s take on “Pride and Prejudice.”
      4. Keira Knightley. Already played Lizzy Bennett – - and got an Oscar nod for her effort.
      5. Emma Watson. 2 reasons: I want to see her with dark hair and I want to see her spread her acting wings from Hermione Granger.
      6. Gemma Aterton. She had a bit part as Lizzy Bennet in “Lost in Austen.”
      7. Sally Hawkins. She is 35 so she might look too much like her age to pull off a 20 year old. I don’t mean that in a bad way at all.
      8. Tamison Egerton.
      9. Michelle Ryan. She tends to look older than 26 on screen (in a completely good way!).
      10. Charlotte Riley.

      Honorable Mentions:
      1. Saoirse Ronan. I’d like to see her as Lydia Bennett.
      2. Eva Green. She’s about 30 years old and French but I think she could possibly pull it off.
      3. Summer Glau. Who is from Texas but she is just such a badass I’d love to see her in this movie.

      What do you think Dr. Beckett?

      • Being a huge Keira Knightley fan, I’d love her to do it. But I like a few on your list, Gemma Arterton (who I have met) and Michelle Ryan would both be good. And while I’m up for seeing Emma Watson doing just about anything, she seems too small to fight off the undead horde.

        I’ve nothing against Scarlett (she’s hot and a decent actress) I just don’t wanna see her in this, and if I did, the male lead would have to be British and not Bradley Bloody Cooper.

        I’d say Clive Owen for Darcy.

        Did you know there is a sequel out soon?

        • Yeah. I’m not too keen to read it. Every “sequel” of “Pride and Prejudice” I’ve read have all turned out to be sh*t. There’s a reason Jane Austen ended the stories where she did.

          That was a problem I had with the parody as well. The characters changed due to the situation of the undead… I get it, but they weren’t the characters I’ve grown to know.

          I used to like Scarlett. When she was younger… like “The Horse Whisperer” and “Ghost World.” But once she became Woody Allen’s latest muse I started liking her less and less.

          I honestly don’t think anyone makes a great Darcy. I have him too built up in my mind. After seeing Toby Stephens as Rochester in “Jane Eyre” I think he could do.

          I think Clive Owen is too good looking. I wouldn’t mind Jamie Bamber but I think he’s a bit short at 5’9.

  5. A prequel is already out, DrSamBeckett…PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES:DAWN OF THE DREADFULS.I Read it, and it’s actually funnier than its predecessor.

  6. I’d love to see Keira Knightly reprise her role in this film. I think she could do it. I really cannot see anyone else as Lizzy. She fit it perfectly. I think Scarlet and Cooper would not do justice. If Scarlet were to play some one like Jane, she would certainly steal the whole show. No, I think this is best left to either the ones who were previously involved in the other movie or complete unknowns. Any thing else would be over kill.

  7. Dear lord please not Scarlet Johansson and Bradly Cooper! You couldn’t choose 2 worse actors for those roles! What happened to Natalie Portman playing Elizabeth?

  8. I think Emma Watson should be in it, not Scarlet Johansson. I also don’t think Bradly Cooper should be in it either. P&P&Z is fun, but it is literature, and neither actor doesn’t seem like they would be able to bring that on screen. It’s an amazing book, they should cast good actors. I don’t mind Mia W. and Tilda Swinton is a good actress as well, so they’re ok.