In some surprising Monday afternoon news, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is rising from the grave it has been buried in for years.
The movie version is now a reality with principal photography slated to start in September(!) and Cross Creek Pictures acquiring domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release, Deadline reports.
British actors Lily James (pictured above in Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley, and Australia’s Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) have been set to lead the film that mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic “Pride And Prejudice” with a legion of bloodthirsty undead.
“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.”
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 on behalf of Sierra/Affinity which is also handling foreign sales.