Seth Grahame-Smith gave the world a one-two punch by incorporating zombies and vampires into the worlds of Abraham Lincoln and a Jane Austen novel. So naturally Hollywood, seeing potential cash cow from Smith’s books, snatch up the rights and put both adaptations on the fast track to movie glory. But unfortunately Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which was released last summer, failed to excite anyone and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies never made it out of the starting gates. But it looks like Pride & Prejudice has just found new life.
Now the project has been sitting around since 2009, pretty much since the book was released and was on every studio executive’s radar as the next sure fire Hollywood blockbuster. And with everyone from David O. Russell to Natalie Portman to Emma Stone to Mike White all at various times attached to the project, it seemed destined to happen. Then nothing happened. But something is happening as we speak. Lily Collins, who was last seen in Mirror, Mirror, has now jumped onboard the project. But wait, that’s not all, director Burt Steers…you know Burt Steers, the director of such classics as Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again, well he’s also joined the project. My God can this trained be stopped now?
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting this project to happen, I don’t think I would get super excited just yet. The history on trying to get this movie made has seen more ugliness false starts than most would care to admit. But given that Lily Collin’s star is on the rise, this could be a good project to really put her over the top and away from middling Julia Roberts movies. And even though it’s Burt Steers as a director, at least the project has one and again, this could be the film to help him move away from middling Zac Efron movies.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies doesn’t have a distributor, but its production company, Panorama, plans to try and sell it at Cannes. Good luck fellas.