Ever since it was published, they’ve been trying to get a film version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride & Prejudice & Zombies made. Actors like Natalie Portman have been attached, while a revolving door of directors came and went. It got to the point where it seems the film had fallen into development hell never to return, but now it’s back on the radar, as Panorama Media has announced they are joining Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur to produce the film Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
One of the directors who previously came and went was David O. Russell, who also write a screenplay for the movie, and it’s this script they’ll be working from.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US, and has been translated into over two dozen languages. It takes much of the text of Jane Austen’s classic novel, but then adds in a zombie apocalypse. It’s certainly a great idea, but has proved difficult to actually get to the screen. Hopefully they’ll have more luck this time.