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