This story seems to have been rambling on for years… because it has.
Staying true to its core concept, the movie adaption of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies refuses to die and every time you think it is finally dead, it reanimates itself.
The Hollywood Reporter are saying that The Panorama Company are going to ‘introduce’ the project to foreign buyers at Cannes. At least so much as you can introduce a project that has been public for about four years.
Funnily enough, I think this film, along with Twilight, was one of the ones that helped kick started the “dark fantasy” subgenre that has taken over the multiplexes. Films like Grahame-Smith’s own Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter or the worked-over fairy tales like Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, even Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, all owe a debt to Zombies. The odd thing is that, for all of it’s influence, it’s a film that never actually got made.
At one point, the movie was set to star Natalie Portman, who then opted for only a producer’s credit on the film. David O. Russell wrote a screenplay that was rewritten a couple of times over, though this new attempt is expected to centre on Russell’s version. Possibly something to do with his recent Oscar nominations.
Obviously the producers still believe Pride and Prejudice and Zombies can happen but after so many so-so examples of this subgenre, I am beginning to wonder if the market will still embrace it.