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?
Source: Variety via /Film
This guy is quite the pretty boy. Director Fede Alvarez has gone through plenty of young actors wiling to get killed on film and, according to Variety’s Justin Kroll, our pretty boy Shiloh Fernandez is the chosen one.
Fernandez, who recently starred in the dark fantasy film Red Riding Hood, has been reported to be playing David, the brother to the female lead, Mia in FilmDistrict and Mandate’s Evil Dead reboot. And with Lily Collins dropping out due to reported “schedule issues” two weeks ago, this leaves Fernandez without a female lead to co-star alongside him. Bummer.
As we’ve previously reported, the Evil Dead will not be a complete re-telling of the Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell franchise. Rather it will be a combination of new and old material. Instead of just heading out into a remote cabin in the woods like they do in the original, David and his friends drag Mia, David’s drug abusing sister, to a remote hideaway in hopes of getting her to detox. Naturally, things turn to hell as one friend discovers the fabled Necronomicon and unwittingly releases unimaginable evil on the group. Is it all just everyone’s imagination or is something sinister intent on picking off everyone one by one?
With Mia being the Ash-like character in the movie, that leaves David to be the proverbial female in distress. Let’s hope he doesn’t run into the woods alone. We all know how that ends.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Remember when the nerdosphere was all a fluster over Lily Collins being cast as as Mia, the drug addict analogue to Ash in the Sam Raimi-produced, Diablo Cody-spruced-up The Evil Dead remake? Well, cool it since word is she’s out now. Variety’s Jeff Sneider Tweeted this today:
Well that’s…. unfortunate. No real word at this time what the scheduling conflict could have been, but that is also often code for ‘quit politely with a half-assed excuse’. Regardless of the cause, they have to replace her and quit. With filming scheduled to begin in New Zealand ‘soon’ and a release date set for April 12th, 2013, the clock is ticking on the Fede Alvarez-directed film.
My guess is she couldn’t lift the chainsaw.
Lily Collins, the recent arm candy of Taylor Lautner in Abduction, as well as her own lead in the upcoming Mirror Mirror, is the first cast member to join the Fede Alvarez directed Evil Dead reboot.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Lily will play the part of Mia, a drug addict who along with her friends heads to a remote cabin for a forced detox. In this new take on the 1981 cult classic five friends hole up at a remote cabin where they discover the Necronomicon, the fabled “Book of the Dead.” Once the book has been found fight for survival as one by one a demonic force begins to possess a each member of the group until only one is left.
There is absolutely no reason why this film needs to be remade, but I like Miss Collins, her casting sparks my interest.
Originally scripted by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, with revisions made in thanks to Diablo Cody, the reboot is being produced by original producing partners Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. Ghost House Pictures partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce.
The Evil Dead will begin production shortly in New Zealand, planning an April 12, 2013 release.
Source: Bloody Disgusting