Although this needs to be confirmed, we’re hearing out of the Berlin EFM that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is casting up and ready to finally shoot.
Burr Steers is still set to direct, with Evil Dead‘s Lily Collins, pictured above, and Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman, below, starring.
Sean McKittrick (The Box, Donnie Dark, God Bless America), Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) and Annette Savitch (Hesher) are producing.
“In the vein of Snow White and The Huntsman and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is the latest retelling of a classic tale fused with entertaining, cutting edge action. In this fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel, a mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Rabid zombies are as much of an obstacle to the unconventional attraction between Liz and Mr. Darcy as the charms of the manipulative Mr. Wickham. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.”
Sierra/Affinity is repping while the film is in pre-production. READ MORE
Although Hesher isn’t horror, it is full of good old fashioned heavy metal! And so to celebrate the DVD release tomorrow, BD Music has scored one of the DVD bonus features, which shows the contents of Hesher’s sketch book! You can check out this exclusive video after the jump! WARNING: Due to nudity and some dark images, this should probably be labelled as NSFW.
Official synopsis: Loud music. Pornography. Burning s*%t to the ground. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devon Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in the garage uninvited. Grief stricken by the loss of TJ’s mother in a car accident, Paul can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher’s anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t appreciate a sexy, beautiful woman fronting a metal band? Something about a gorgeous woman screaming at me is…well…kind of a turn on. Don’t judge me, okay? In any case, it turns out PETA2 also thinks the same thing as they chose Alissa White-Gluz, vocalist of The Agonist, over Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, and Olivia Wilde as their “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian of 2011″. Personally, I think all four women are insanely hot and I would be thrilled if the most I could do is massage their eyebrows. What do you think? Should Alissa have won?
After a more than satisfying character piece and study on the subject of artistic peaking and anxiety, Darren Aronofsky returns to the world of performers with Black Swan, a companion piece to The Wrestler that covers similar ground in some extraordinarily different ways. In some respects, it’s a prequel to the Mickey Rourke starrer; instead of focusing on the death and rebirth of an entertainer’s career, we’re given a glimpse into the life of a struggling up-and-comer dying to start one. It’s true that many films have covered the same subject, but I guarantee you’ve never seen it presented in quite the same way. READ MORE
While Natalie Portman is also producing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the actress-turned-producer’s name could help bring a zombie short to the big screen.
According to Indiewire, Spencer Susser is adapting his zombie-apocalypse short I Love Sarah Jane into a feature length film. Susser looks to gain a lot of attention with the release of Hesher, which stars both Natalie Portman and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Could this garner him enough attention to snag a budget for his zombie uprising?
The short film was released back in 2007 starring a pre-fame Mia Wasikowska along with Brad Ashby, Vladmimir Matovic, Beau South and Peter Yacoub. It’s a simple story of young love in a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic world. Despite the low budget and already dated SFX, the mood and tone created by Susser and the performances by leads Ashby and Wasikowska result in a cute, compelling piece of work…
While many of the Alien prequel rumors have been vanquished, Vulture (NY Mag) has a fresh one that I’m not all too happy about. The site is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox is working overtime to re-jigger its planned prequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien to potentially sign on Charlize Theron in the leading role. Scott has other plans as Vulture reports that he’s adamant that the little-known Scandinavian actress Noomi Rapace — best known, to the extent that she’s known at all, for playing Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish-language Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy — get the part of the Alien prequel’s main character, Elizabeth Shaw. I agree. I Strongly agree. Charlize Theron? Only a studio exec would throw something like that out there…. READ MORE
Website Script Flags is now 0 for 2 on their Alien news as Twentieth Century Fox is refuting the site’s claim that the Ridley Scott-directed prequels have been delayed. Although, it should be noted that the studio is playing a game of semantics as The Playlist discovered that the projects have yet to be greenlit. “According to representatives we spoke with at Fox, there is “no truth” to those reports. Additionally, while development is continuing, we’ve been told the “Alien” prequel has not yet been greenlit. So to rephrase, a movie that hasn’t been officially announced or given the go ahead, can’t really be delayed.” SEMANTICS; even though there is a distinct difference between the two claims. I guess the good news is that there’s indeed progress, it’s just a matter of getting everyone on the same page. Early reports claimed Scott and the studio were feuding over the budget, while a more recent report indicated the studio LOVED “Lost” screenwriter Damon Lindelhof’s script (story here). READ MORE
Script Flags is reporting that Twentieth Century Fox has delayed production on Ridley Scott’s Alien prequels, now aiming for a 2013 & 2014 release. No other details are available, although there were rumblings of colliding egos and budget debates. Soon after, things appeared to be on fast-track when Damon Lindelof’s screenplay knocked the studio off their chair, and Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde became frontrunners for the new strong female lead. Who knows what’s going on. The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking 1979 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them. READ MORE
B-D is proud to give its Orlando readers an opportunity to see Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan (review), one of the best films of 2010. We’ve been given 100 free passes (good for two people each) to an advanced screening on December 13 at 7:30 PM at Regal Winter Park (510 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789). To win, all you have to do is visit GOFOBO using this link, RSVP, and print out your passes. They’re being digitally distributed on a first come, first served basis, so snatch them up before it’s too late. Black Swan opens in NY and LA tomorrow, expanding to other markets over the holiday season (Orlando on December 17). READ MORE
“Swan” centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions.
Arriving in New York and Los Angeles this theaters, before opening wide on December 17 is Darren Aronofsky’s masterful Black Swan, which could easily be described as a companion piece to The Wrestler. David Harley raves about the film: “Most impressive about the film, however, is the script by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz, which is comprised of everything from psychological and body horror to sexual awakenings and self-preservation.” Click the title above to read the entire review and check back to write your own. READ MORE
We were among the lucky few to catch the very first screenings of Darren ‘s Black Swan back in September. Described as a psychological thriller with “ghosts”, I expected it to be more of a horror movie than it was. With that said, it’s a pretty intense movie that’s both unsettling and skin crawling — but in the end it’s hard to call it “horror”. Still, it’s a sublime movie that deserves the recognition, therefore I’m sharing with you Yahoo’s latest clip that features star Natalie Portman showing off her “dark side”. In theaters Friday, Swan centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions. READ MORE
A new one sheet was released from Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan that features star Natalie Portman as the dark “Black Swan” in her stage play that you’ll catch in theaters on December 3. The pic centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes and twists increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. But it’s unclear whether the rival is a supernatural apparition or if the protagonist is simply having delusions. Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder also star. On a side note, we’d like to inform you that Portman has refuted BD’s involvement in the junket, so don’t expect any interviews. Am I pissed? No, it’s awesome to know that our website named freaked her out, along with Halle Berry back when Gothika hit theaters. The difference is this: Black Swan is an amazing film. Nuff said. READ MORE
Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott have just about completed meetings with actresses to find the Ripley-esque heroine for the 3D Alien prequel. They claim that Scott’s favorite (mine too) is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace. The other names being whispered range from Carey Mulligan (Public Enemies) to Abbie Cornish (The Dark Fields, Sucker Punch), Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and the freshly added Tron: Legacy star Olivia Wilde. Who would you guys pick? Is there an actress they’re totally missing out on? The film is set up to be a prequel to the groundbreaking ’79 film that Scott directed. It will precede that film, in which the crew of a commercial towing ship returning to Earth is awakened and sent to respond to a distress signal from a nearby planetoid. The crew discovers too late that the signal generated by an empty ship was meant to warn them. READ MORE