'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies' Alive Again with Lily Collins Leading
Yes, much like the walking dead who invade Seth Grahame Smith's classic novel remix Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, the film adaptation just can't seem to die. After running through stars like Natalie Portman (who is still producing the film), Emma Stone, and Anne Hathaway along with directors like David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie, the project may have found new talent to hopefully get the project back on track. Variety reports Igby Goes Down and 17 Again director Burr Steers is on board to direct the film with Mirror Mirror and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star Lily Collins in talks to star.
These are both interesting choices for the film. Collins is a fairly safe bet since her profile will grow considerably after the late summer release of The Mortal Instruments, the first in a hopeful franchise. Collins will be playing Elizbaeth Bennet in the film that follows the familiar tale of two lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. But rather than just dealing with those romantic entanglements, there's also zombies that show up. Basically it sounds like it could be like Shaun of the Dead, but in 19th century England, and maybe a little less funny.
Meanwhile, Steers has ventured into darker comedic fare with Igby Goes Down, but has also shown a penchant for more broad comedy with 17 Again. The director also reteamed with Zac Efron for the drama Charlie St. Cloud, a film that I enjoyed more than expected. The most recent draft of the script came from David O. Russell, and it's not clear if it will get a rewrite just yet. Either way, this is at least a step in the right direction for a project that seemed like it might be stuck in development hell forever. But are audiences still interested in the once hot property? We'll see.