It was January when we last did a story on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but over the past few months a cast has come together, and filming is about to kick off.
Per Deadline, principal photography is slated to start in September with Cross Creek Pictures having acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release. Lily James (pictured), Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote will star.
Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie 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 the film, which mixes the 1817 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead, on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which is also handling foreign sales. (The project was formerly at Panorama but moved over with Butan when he joined Sierra/Affinity in January.) CAA packaged the Cross Creek deal.
James (“Downton Abbey”) plays Elizabeth Bennet, Riley (Maleficent) is Mr. Darcy, and Heathcote (Dark Shadows) portrays Elizabeth’s sister. Jack Huston is also in talks. Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular 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” (i.e., zombies).
Now that things are moving again, look for lots more soon!
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