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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been in development in Hollywood for a while now. After years spent trying to bring it to the big screen, the planned movie seemed dead before it ever arrived. Well, no longer, as yet another production company has picked up the rights.
Deadline has posted a press release from Panorama Media announcing its plan to bring Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to life. It calls the project Pride, Prejudice and Zombies (Why drop the first “and”? We’re not sure) and says that Panorama will join forces with Dark Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur.
Natalie Portman is one of the people acting as a producer on the film. She was originally slated to play Elizabeth Bennett before passing on the role in 2010, but it seems the project is still close to her heart. It will be interesting to see who ends up being cast as the movie’s leads.
An adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s bestselling 2009 parody novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sets Jane Austen’s characters in a Regency-era England where the undead roam the countryside. Elizabeth Bennett and her four sisters live on a country estate, where their father trains them to be martial arts and weapons experts as their mother works to marry them off to wealthy suitors. The book was a smash hit, kicking off the mash-up trend that spawned Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Android Karenina, Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter and similar works.