Just when you thought this project had been buried for good, it comes back from the dead and bites and infect others. So it has happened again. As development on the long-in-the-works adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s cult-favorite spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, goes into full gear (again), another cult-figure has stepped up to help make it a reality. A man already well-known for his involvement in another British institution, has stepped into the important, yet not as flashy, role of Mr. Collins in the undead take on Austen’s seminal work. Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith is on his way to 19th century England, this time, to battle zombies and court romance.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Smith is playing Mr. Collins, a man of a cloth out to find a wife, in the film that is now being overseen by Igby Goes Down director Burt Seers. Smith joins a cast that already includes Lily James as heroine Elizabeth Bennet, Sam Riley as her main love interest Mr. Darcy, Jack Huston as another of Elizabeth’s suitors Mr. Wickham, Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister Jane and Douglas Booth as Jane’s intended Mr. Bingley.
Smith’s had a very busy and high-profile after Who life with roles in Ryan Gosling‘s upcoming directorial debut Lost River and a mysterious part in next summer’s Terminator re-something Genisys. Smith though will always be fondly remembered as the Eleventh Doctor, for during his tenure in the role the series saw what is arguably its greatest period of cultural resonance.
As for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film rights were snapped up almost as soon as the book hit the shelves in 2009, and it once seemed that American Hustle director David O. Russell and star/producer Natalie Portman would bring it to the big screen. Sadly, and somewhat predictably, the project’s been dragged though development hell the last five years until Seers signed on last summer and casting went into overdrive earlier in 2014.
Earlier this summer, it was suggested that filming would begin this month. That’s not be confirmed and there’s still no word on a release date. Meanwhile, I won’t believe that this is in a theater near me until I’m sitting in that theater waiting for the movie to begin…
We’ll have more news about the film as it develops.