The film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s graphic novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has been on the cards since 2009. It keeps getting resurrected, then forgotten, then resurrected again. Many directors have come and gone, including David O’Russell, Craig Gillespie and Mike White. Many stars have come and gone, including Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and Emma Stone.
However, announced back in March was that Panorama Media and Darko Entertainment had joined forces to get the ball rolling on the adaptation that seems doomed to never get made. While the announcement said that they were now actively looking for a director and star, many assumed it would probably never happen, but thankfully some news has now surfaced, and things are looking positive!
The Hollywood Reporter has found out that Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction, Priest, Mirror Mirror) is now set to star in the film, and a director has even been named. Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St Cloud, Igby Goes Down) has been named as the director which, sadly, does not get me all that excited. However, it is good to know things are finally moving forward, for now…
Synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
It is known as “the strange plague,” and its unfortunate victims are referred to only as “unmentionables” or “dreadfuls.” All over England, the dead are rising again, and now even the daughters of Britain’s best families must devote their lives to mastering the deadly arts. Elizabeth Bennet is a fearsome warrior whose ability with a sword is matched only by her quick wit and even sharper tongue. But she faces her most formidable foe yet in the haughty, conceited, and somehow strangely attractive Mr. Darcy. As the two lovers meet in the ballroom and on the battlefield, they’ll soon learn that nothing—not even bands of ninjas, hordes of flesh-eating zombies, or disapproving aunts—can stop true love.