A few different ideas have been bouncing around as to how best to adapt Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith’s zombified version of Jane Austen’s classic tale: a feature film or a multi-part TV series? Now that names like Natalie Portman, Richard Kelly, and Lionsgate are attached to the theatrical alternative, it seems to be the obvious choice.
Variety reports that Portman will star in and produce ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ through her HandsomeCharlie shingle with Annette Savitch, plus Darko Films’ Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick, and Ted Hamm. Lionsgate will finance and distribute.
Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers. Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy.
“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,” Savitch said. “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.”
Nothing odd about it to us!
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