August 5, 20140 Comments

The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has been in development hell for some time. A film adaptation has been in the works since the novel was published in 2009 by Quirk Books, but went through various directors. However, that is no longer the case. The adaptation is expected to start principal photography in September and Cross Creek Pictures has acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release. British actors Lily James and Sam Riley and Australia’s Bella Heathcote will star in the film that mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride And Prejudice with a legion of zombies.

Burr Steers (Igby Goes DownCharlie St Cloud) is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan will produce on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which also is handling foreign sales.

Russell, whose strong script has been one of the constants throughout the process, at one point was going to direct for Lionsgate, but he dropped out in 2010. The studio then chose Mike White, who subsequently left over a scheduling conflict, and Craig Gillespie moved into position in April 2011, only to exit six months later.

Portman, who has been a producer from the beginning, at one point was going to star and later dropped out. The film stars James as Elizabeth Bennett, Riley as Mr. Darcy and Heathcote as Elizabeth’s sister. Jack Huston is also in talks.

The novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” aka zombies.


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