'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Has Been Resurrected For Some ReasonJacob Hall |
It's funny that 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is deals with the dead returning to life, because the feature adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith popular (but widely mocked) novel has died and been resurrected more times than we can count. Despite seemingly shuffling off its mortal coil last year with the departure of its third director, the project is back yet again. Someone out there wants this thing made, even in the universe is conspiring against him.
At first, the strange mash-up of Jane Austen and zombie horror was going to be directed by 'Silver Linings Playbook' writer/director David O. Russell, who turned in a script and promptly left the production, as he is wont to do (see the faltering 'Uncharted' adaptation). Then Mike White took the gig, but he also soon vacated the director's chair. When the lesser known Craig Gillespie ditched the movie (supposedly because they couldn't find anyone who actually wanted to star in it), it looked like the film was finally dead in the water.
But as the horror classic 'Zombie' showed us, zombies can swim (and fight sharks). Production companies Panorama Media, Darko Entertainment and Handsomecharlie Films have announced that the the film is still in development and has gained a producer in Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman (who was, at one time, attached to star). Interestingly, they also say that they're moving forward with Russell's screenplay, even though he is no longer involved in the film in any way. Of course, the long troubled production still needs a star and a director, but it looks like they're due for some good luck.
What do you think? Should they just give up at this point? Do you want to see a 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' movie? Does anyone want to see it?