Rather like the undead it features, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies is a project that just won’t die. It’s been in development for years, with directors such as David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie attached to helm at various points, while Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson have flirted with starring.
However, while there have been moments when it’s seemed the idea of an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s book was dead, it’s always returned. Now it’s being resurrected once again, with Variety reporting that Lily Collins is set to star, with Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud) attached to direct.
Grahame-Smith’s book is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice, which keeps much of Jane Austen’s original text, but adds in a zombie apocalypse to give the classic love story an extra bit of zing. Collins will play the Elizabeth Bennet character.
David O. Russell wrote the initial draft of the script, but it is unknown if they’ll work from that or start over.