Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Now With Natalie Portman
by Ethan Anderton
December 11, 2009
You may remember back in February that there was quite the online stir about an altogether revision of a classic Jane Austen work. Of course I'm talking about Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. No sooner was the Internet abuzz than studios were clamoring to snatch the rights to the unique re-telling of the period romance. Since then we've been anxious to see how the project would develop, and now Variety reports Natalie Portman has signed on to star and produce this story of a woman's quest for love and independence amidst the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
This simple yet brilliant twist on the classic story finds the dainty Elizabeth Bennet (Portman) distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy. I absolutely cannot wait to see a zombie period piece, let alone one based on such an iconic story as the one told by Jane Austen. It makes me wonder how fun it would be to inject other classic horror and sci-fi scenarios amidst even more classic stories. An alien invasion set during War and Peace, or a giant monster attack in The Great Gatsby would be some jolly good fun. But for now I'll just settle for some undead horror amidst classic romance.
"Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work," producer Annette Savitch said. "The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story." Portman will produce this adaptation through her Handsomecharlie production company with Darko Films' Richard Kelly, Sean McKittrick and Ted Hamm. Lionsgate will finance and distribute the film. They have not hired a screenwriter or director yet, so stay tuned for updates as they arrive. This is awesome news so far!