Pride, Prejudice, Portman & Zombies

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Since I’ve been at Screen Rant I’ve written about some odd films in many, many different genres. Sometimes I’ve written about films that tick the boxes in multiple genres and that on the surface at least appear to be quite odd. Well, it’s time to add another film to that list: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Natalie Portman will take the lead role as love-longing zombie-eradicator Elizabeth Bennet in this big-screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

The plot of the film is pretty much what it says on the tin – it’s Jane Austin’s classic novel with a new zombie element grafted onto to it.

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Portman will produce through her “HandsomeCharlie” production shingle along with Annette Savitch. In relation to the project, Savitch said:

“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work. The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story.”

Variety says that:

“The book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.”

Well, at least it’s not another straight up adaptation of the book which has been brought to the screen on numerous occasions – most memorably in the Colin Firth starring 1995 BBC version (which I have watched on numerous occasions with my better half) and most recently with Keira Knightly which was directed by her Atonement director Joe Wright.

Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly is also onboard the film as a producer, and while no director has yet been assigned I wouldn’t be too surprised if he directs the film (or at the very least flirts with the idea). The Box and his previous film Southland Tales were both financial (and critical) flops and it won’t be long before his Darko kudos runs out of steam, so attaching himself to a film that has the potential to make cash wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Zombies are big money at the box office these days (see Zombieland) and Jane Austin is no different – heck, Austin adaptations are also often Oscar candidates – could we have the first Oscar-winning zombie film on our hands? I doubt it but, in Hollywood anything is possible!

Lionsgate will finance and distribute the film which currently has no director or writer. I’m assuming that’ll change soon – before the current zombie fad dies out. Or doesn’t – whatever zombies do.

Natlaie Portman will next be seen in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan and the upcoming Thor.

More on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies when we get it.

Source: Variety

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  1. Should be good, the book is a lot of fun, and really quite sickening in places.

    And how hot does Portman look in the above picture. Phwoar!

  2. Is the book kind of humorous? That’s what I assumed from what I’ve heard of it. But Portman’s quote makes it sound like a serious, “zombies are strictly for horror” kind of thing.

  3. From the first minute I heard about this movie, I wanted Kiera Knightly to reprise her role, but I knew she never would. Since Natalie Portman is basically her hotter sister, this is fantastic news.

    Let’s face it. The target audience of this movie will have never read Pride and Prejudice; they won’t really get the parody aspect. And while they probably haven’t seen the movie version either, it’s more likely they’d go watch it to get themselves prepared for this movie than read the book. So this movie needs to structure itself to be primarily a spoof of the movie, and not the book. So the costumes, the scenery, all of it should look just like the Knightly movie.

    And has anyone heard anything about Pride & Predator? It was announced about the same time as this, but I haven’t heard anything new.

  4. Yes the book is fairly humourous in places, but the horror aspect is probably more important in the story.
    And having read the original book several times, and enjoyed the tv and film adaptation, I’m looking forward to seeing this. As for the movies target audience having never read the original book, not sure how true that comment is.

  5. epic fail…

  6. What happened to Pride and Predator?

  7. @red skull

    I understand the book has been quite a hot seller – although I don’t know who is buying it… I sat on a plane a while back and a young lady was reading it and quite enjoying it.


  8. @Joshua Rose: I don’t think that it needs to be a strict parody. If anybody has seen one “Pride and Prejudice” adaptation they have probably seen another. I’ve seen every adaptation (some I wish I hadn’t).

    The movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” needs to be like the book “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” It doesn’t need to be like any current adaptation.

    @Niall Browne: Jane Austen is spelled with an “e” not an “i.” Like in the quote you use at the beginning of your article and the by-line on the book cover.

    I love this book. I love all things Jane Austen and this movie will be amazing. Especially with Natalie Portman. Well, as long as it’s “Closer” Natalie Portman and not “The Other Boleyn Girl” Natalie Portman.

  9. @Jessie

    Thanks for pointing out that typo, it’s been corrected.


  10. At first I thought this was a joke. An entertaining, well done joke SR folks cooked up. Then it dawned on me nobody tied it up to the holiday season and it isn’t April Fools.

    Well, way I see it, if this *is* legit, then hats off and best of wishes. The zombie sub genre has been done and overdone and it will be done one more time even when it is done. Can’t keep a good zombie down.

    @Niall Browne:
    Richard Kelly, not David. David (E) Kelly is another writer-producer best known for the TV shows Ally McBeal and Boston Legal…and writing the flick Lake Placid.

  11. @Darren

    Ugh… TWO name mistakes in one post – I am NOT happy. Thanks for pointing it out, it’s been corrected and I’ve informed Niall to take more care in paying attention to detail in his future articles. :-(


  12. I always see this book whenever I go to the store. I’ve never read it, but it looks interesting. Once there’s a trailer for this movie I may just be inspired to finally read it.

  13. @ Vic, ive never read the book, not really my thing lol. but i wrote epic fail because i feel there are far too many zombie films, none of wich are very good. i think i am legend was about the only entertaining one and even that wasnt amazing. i just think movie makers should be a little more creative.

    but just a matter of opinion i guess.

  14. @red skull

    Zombie movies have always been popular and with the more mainstream success of Zombieland on the big screen and this book at bookstores I guess it was inevitable that they’d try to make a movie version of it.


  15. Sorry guys,

    Vic has now banned me from watching Avatar because of it!



  16. I think Shaun Of The Dead is more responsible for a Zombie comedy resurgence than Zombieland. Zombieland wouldnt have even been made if it wasnt for Shaun. A far superior movie!

  17. The book sucked and I doubt that the movie will be better.

  18. I think stephanie has hit every friggin post on this site…. rather annoying………..