Panorama Media, the company that sold international rights to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty out of Cannes last year, has boarded a big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s best-seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Panorama will produce and finance the mash-up film, and the company’s international sales unit, headed by Kimberly Fox, will introduce the title at Cannes. Darko Entertainment, Natalie Portman’s Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur are already onboard the project, which was originally set up at Lionsgate.
David O. Russell penned the latest screenplay. The project mixes Jane Austen’s 1813 classic novel “Pride and Prejudice,” centering on Elizabeth Bennet’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a virus that turns the dead into zombies. The story’s set in an alternate version of 19th Century England that features deadly ancestors roaming the countryside.
Darko’s Sean McKittrick is also producing alongside Annette Savitch. The film will be executive produced by Darko’s Edward H. Hamm Jr., Aleen Keshishian and Panorama’s Marc Butan.
Published by Quirk Books, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has sold more than 1.5 million copies in the United States and has been translated into more than two dozen languages.