Yes. I am a humble man. I try to not take too much credit, and I try to keep things humble-ized for the most part. This is not one of those times.
The Book that I reported on the DAY it came out “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is now being made into a full on flick!! At first when the book came out, I was pissed. I had one of those “How didn’t I think about that????” Moments. So the news has hit the street that Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s mash up of a novel is being done…And done well may I add, with the sexy nymph-like Natalie Portman taking the lead.
Annette Savitch, another producer on the film, told Variety
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.
I’ve been in love with Natalie since “Beautiful Girls” when we were the same age and she has grown IMMENSELY as an actress since that and the “Professional”. While she has done period piece drama before, this is a WHOLE NEW take on the genre.
Now is where I’m a tad worried. I own the book. I’ve read the book. And it stays word for word, true, to Jane Austen’s original. That is also a problem, 80 to 85% of the book is the boring yet elegant original content, with the exception of Mr.Darcy leaving a party briefly for a moment and seeing the kitchen staff being rend limb from limb and devoured by Zombies or “Unmentionables” as they are called in the novel.
So if the book is kept true to word, it should be superb, thousands upon thousands of rotting dead descending upon the household. While exceptional placement of brand new content into the original makes the formula work better than any words can describe. My fear is that they will make it, a period piece styled, Resident Evil heroine fighting off the hordes with her sisters. The thing that made the book so original was keeping it true to form with the bite of flame leaping up unexpectedly to deliciously burn you at the most random of times. Turning this inot a straight, slam-bang Zombie film will ruin the chemistry The two authors managed to intermingle so well.
I hope if Ms. Portman is such a big fan, she will keep it on the up and up. I am excited now.