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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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As the saying goes: everything old is new again. Whether it is trends in fashion, styles of music, or even the food and drink we put in our bodies (the “Paleo diet” is from how long ago?), our society has an interesting penchant for liking something, forgetting that something for a while when newer and flashier somethings come along, and finally rediscovering that something and saying “y’know, this something is actually pretty cool.” Even though a timeless work of fiction – such as a Jane Austen novel – is really never truly forgotten, sometimes it does take an infusion of a new idea to bring a classic “back to life,” as it were.

Ironic, then, that the catalyst to reanimate wide-scale interest in Austen’s bourgeois-eschewing “Pride & Prejudice” is a creature that is, by its own nature, reanimated in and of itself: the zombie. Yes, the separate components of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies may not break any new ground on their own, but when these two disparate pieces are “mashed up” together, they become much like Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, with opposites attracting in the most delightfully random of ways. (more…)

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For anyone who has read Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, or seen the subsequent film and television adaptations, you know that “sexy” and “dangerous” are not words that describe the work.

Romantic, sure, the book is filled with pages and pages of romantic build-up, but mostly there is no violence and outside of some worry for a Bennet sister’s virtue, there is no mention, or even innuendo, of sex.

Not so, it seems in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! See below.  (more…)

I’ve got to say right off the bat that I wasn’t impressed with the first Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trailer when it hit the Internet and I can’t for the life of me tell you why I bothered to watch this new trailer, but I did, and I really liked it. Whoever cut this second trailer certainly earned their paycheck because if it managed to take me from my first poor impression (I’ll wait to see it on cable) to actually wanting to see this movie in the theater, they nailed it. Will it change your mind? (more…)

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You can almost hear Jane Austin rolling over in her grave. Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies now has a trailer online and it is just as wacky as one would expect. Mixing classic fiction and history with monsters has been quite lucrative for Grahame-Smith, and although Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter didn’t exactly back up truck loads of cash at the box office, it did make enough worldwide to open the door for this latest Grahame-Smith take on zombies. (more…)

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With each new casting announcement we have to ask ourselves, is this really happening? Because it appears that the answer is yes. When Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revisionist spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hit bookstores in 2009, it was an insta-hit in the making. Blame the high concept of undead Austen, or blame the lukewarm reception to that other Grahame-Smith book adaptation Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or even blame Canada, but for five long years there’s been no sign that P&P&Z was, ahem, coming to life on cinema screens. But now, it has a distribution deal, and two new cast members in the form of a pair of Game of Thrones actors. Prepare to be Lannistered! because Lena Headey and Charles Dance are coming for romance. And zombie killing! In that order. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Honestly, I had assumed this movie was done for. The fever around monster-fying classics has since died down, and the zombie craze is losing steam. And after all the trouble keeping directors and actresses, I’d thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was cursed. And maybe I wasn’t the only one because it’s back as Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies. A decision I’m sure is driving Jane Austen fans crazy. New money is what breathed life into the decaying project when a new backer was signed in the spring.

And with new money comes new talent. Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror) is currently attached to star, with Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud) directing. And yes, it’s a noticeable drop in top star talent when you consider the likes of Natalie Portman,  Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska were all at one point rumored to star along with David O. Russell, Mike White or Craig Gillespie as director. But, I don’t know if that’s fair, maybe this P, P, & Z – that what we’re calling it now? – will benefit from generally unknowns. As long as this doesn’t mean Zac Efron plays Mr. Darcy. ::shudders::

Are you excited things are moving forward on P, P, & Z or would have rather it’d stayed dead?

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Nope. Turns out the rumor from earlier today that director Craig Gillespie had left Lionsgate’s film adaption of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is false. Which is a good bit of news in a long list of bad news bears the film has had to endure.

Gillespie is developing the zombie-Austen novel by Seth Grahame-Smith with screenwriter Marti Noxon. The two collaborated on Fright Night which met fairly positive reviews. Does this speak to how they’ll fair in adapting PPZ? Is there a role they could cast David Tennant in? The fans need to know!

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Earlier this week we reported Emma Stone, the fabulous red head whose turning up in dozens of movies nowadays, was offered the role of zombie-slaying Elizabeth Bennet in Craig Gillespie‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Well, guess what? She’s turned it down. Apparently the Zombieland star doesn’t want to be typecast as a kicker of undead ass.

According to Deadline the offer never even made it to the negotiations stage, so Miss Stone probably wasn’t even interested in the 19 century period piece with zombies. Here’s hoping they get this role cast soon, PPZ has been hovering around in pre-production hell for some time now. It’s a bit of a shame because I thought Stone would have been perfect. Then again, I thought the same about Natalie Portman. Who would you like to see get cast as the zombie killing heroine?

Word has it that Emma Stone, who will be playing Gwen Stacy in the reboot of the Spider-Man films, has been offered the role of Elizabeth Bennet in Lionsgate’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s not a bad casting choice; she’s done well in her past films, Easy A and Superbadand she has zombie slaying experience from Zombieland.

I personally haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies albeit having read the original Austen book. I’m too lazy to basically read it again, although I do wish that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies had been published before I read the snore that is Pride and Prejudice (without zombies). The essential premise is that it’s an old-timey love story… WITH ZOMBIES.

The offer hasn’t been confirmed as of yet, so it is not official that Emma Stone will be taking up the role of Elizabeth Bennet.

Source:  Geek Tyrant