As we reported a month ago, it looks as if the long-gestating project PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is back from the dead as the film has just landed Lily Collins to star and Burr Steers (17 AGAIN, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD) to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The adaptation of the breakout mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER) was originally set up at Lionsgate with Natalie Portman attached to star. Then it went through a revolving door of directors including David O. Russell, Mike White, Craig Gillespie, while actresses such as Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway flirted with starring in it. But problems plagued the production from the beginning, leading to the film being put on hold for a while. Panorama Media joined with Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur to reignite the project and it looks as if PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES will finally be on its way to making it to the big-screen.
As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton-and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers-and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.
The film will be produced by Darko Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch and Allison Shearmur of Allison Shearmur Productions. It will be executive produced by Darko’s Edward H. Hamm Jr., Aleen Keshishian and Panorama’s Marc Butan.