BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Two prominent cast members from Game of Thrones will be slaying zombies in Burr Steers' upcoming adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. My advice for the zombies? Don't go to any weddings.
With a fuddy-duddy yet bizarrely sexy style, English actor Matt Smith won hearts worldwide as the Eleventh Doctor on the long-running and much loved science fiction series Doctor Who. But with his run as the Doctor wrapped, Smith is turning to a new bit of revisionist storytelling with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Remember when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was going to be a film directed by David O. Russell and starring Natalie Portman? If you don't, I can't blame you; that was all the way back in December of 2009. The project has experienced many ups and devastating downs in the years since, with multiple directors signing on and then dropping it.But this is a film that, like its titular monsters, just won't die - so of course it's just signed on three actors to play the leads.
Four years have passed since Hollywood first made public its intentions of seeing the parody novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turned into a movie. Now, at long last it seems this genre mash-up of horror and romance is finally making its way to shooting.
For those unfamiliar with Grahame-Smith's novel, the story is a twist on Jane Austen's classic story, pitting all of the great literary characters against a zombie apocalypse. While the film was originally set up at Lionsgate, it will now be financed by Panorama, which plans on selling the project at Cannes.
While Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter didn’t exactly light up the box office or critics’ eyes – though its worldwide gross of $116 million made it profitable – it hasn’t taken away the popularity of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel, nor that of his first novel, the bestselling mash-up that birthed a sub-genre, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies
Before Tim Burton made Johnny Depp his go-to leading man, his recurring star was '80s everyman Michael Keaton. Together the pair made two darkly fun Batman movies, and the delightfully demented poltergeist comedy Beetlejuice in which Keaton famously played the eponymous "ghost with the most." Keaton's game goofiness and aloof appeal easily made him a fan favorite.
I think it's officially time to give up on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It was fine when Natalie Portman decided she didn't want to star. It was fine when David O. Russell decided he didn't want to direct. It was fine when Russell's replacement, Mike White, decided he didn't want to direct either. But now it looks like the project has lost it's third director and I think it's time to just give it up.
About a week and a half ago we found out that the lead role of Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was offered to Gossip Girl star Blake Lively. The role, which may just be the least coveted role of all time, had already been turned down by Natalie Portman, who is still producing the film, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, and future Gwen Stacy, Emma Stone.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has had a long, hard road to traverse to get to where it is, which is essentially nowhere. Natalie Portman is still around as a producer, but she has long since backed out of the lead role, and the film is currently playing host to its third director, Craig Gillespie, who replaced Mike White, who replaced David O’Russell. It has not been easy, but no one at the studio seems willing to give up on this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s highly publicized novel.
When I talked to Gillespie at Comic Con about Fright Night, he mentioned his preparations to direct an action film like Zombies and even that he was getting ready to shoot martial arts. It didn't sound at all like the time that he could be anything but enthusiastic about Zombies, but either Fright Night's lackluster box office or something else has clearly changed his mind in the meantime
With the exception of The Fighter, all of David O. Russell's feature films have been based on a script that he wrote. So when the director was hired to make the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, he was also given the task of taking care of the adaptation.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies better be an amazing film. Since the film version of the project was announced back in December of 2009, we've seen two directors - David O. Russell and Mike White - and one star - Natalie Portman - take on the project before leaving to work on something else.
The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been moving along at an incredibly brisk pace, with Timur Bekmambetov set as the director and a cast that includes Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, Jimmi Simpson, Dominic Cooper and more.
It's poetic justice that a movie titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would have to die and be resurrected a couple times before being able to get moving. In the year-plus that