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"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is officially undead!
The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's mashup novel (which incorporates zombies into Jane Austen's beloved 19th century classic) has been through a slew of ups and downs, but is now back in business with "Mirror Mirror" beauty Lily Collins set to star as Elizabeth Bennet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
And, while the project had initially been courted by a host of directors, including David O. Russell (who penned the screenplay), Craig Gillespie and Mike White, it will be Burr Steers (best known for directing Zac Efron pics "Charlie ...
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Like the undead staggering back to life to be juxtaposed against a classically romantic setting because this is inherently amusing, Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is back on, refusing to be laid to rest or cease its monstrous testing of the gentry’s politesse, with monsters. Nearly three years after David O. Russell first turned his back on the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation—a spurning that condemned the film to be ever alone, courted then abandoned by directors Mike White and Craig Gillespie—Variety reports that Burr Steers has nobly made known his intentions to spare it from ignoble life as »
Every year for the last few years, it looked like a feature film version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be going into production, and then something would cause a delay. Not only were there problems trying to cast a high-profile female lead, but three directors left the project: Craig Gillespie, Mike White, and David O. Russell.
With zombies being more popular than ever, this project refuses to die, and we have details on a new director and leading actress that will be joining the project. Variety reports that 17 Again director Burr Steers is officially signed on to direct, and Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments – pictured below) is currently in negotiations to star in the movie.
Considering we’ve had similar new director and casting news in the past, we encourage readers to not get too excited for this movie until we hear that it has gone into production. »
- Jonathan James
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 »
- Ethan Anderton
Pride, Prejudice and Zombies has been bouncing around so long, it's been almost three years since its original director, David O. Russell, quit. Enlightened's Mike White then signed on and eventually quit, and Craig Gillespie did the same after him. Natalie Portman was going to star, then Emma Stone, but both eventually left. Well, Variety reports the project is back from the dead, you know, like some sort of horror movie thing that comes back from the dead. Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) will direct and Mirror Mirror star/amazing-eyebrows-haver Lily Collins will play Elizabeth Bennet. They're currently working from Russell's original script, but a rewrite is definitely possible. Okay, sounds good, but we'll see if it actually happens. We're not holding our breath, because then we'd die and come back as zombies, and brains gross us out. »
- Jesse David Fox
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The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombified take on Jane Austen's classic novel is showing signs of life again. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," following Elizabeth Bennet as she copes with life and love and the undead, has changed hands a few times. David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie were all rumored to direct at one point. Russell wrote the screenplay, and Natalie Portman was rumored to star in the film, but last we heard, Portman is now producing under her Handsomecharlie Films banner.
The latest rumor involves "Igby Goes Down" director Burr Steers and "Mirror Mirror" actress Lily Collins. The star is currently in negotiations for the role, which we hope goes well since it seems like a match made for zombified England. What do you think?
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- Alison Nastasi
Hollywood refuses to let "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" stay dead. After years of development ebbs and flows, Variety reports that an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's literary mash-up (Jane Austen + zombies) is back on, with "Mirror Mirror" star Lily Collins in the leading role. Burr Steers ("17 Again") has been attached to direct.
Before getting too excited, however, it's good to remember just how many actresses and directors have been put together with "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" since 2009. In December of that year, Natalie Portman was named as star with David O. Russell onboard to adapt Grahame-Smith's book into a screenplay and also direct. Russell would later quit the film in 2010, however, when he ran into budgetary issues with Lionsgate, the studio that had acquired the book's rights. "The studio budgeted it as a genre zombie movie and gave me $25 to $28 million," Russell told the Wall Street Journal in 2011. "I was like, »
- The Huffington Post
The project originally had Natalie Portman being eyed for the lead role with David O. Russell directing, but due to a long developmental period they exiting because of scheduling conflicts. Director Mike White and Craig Gillespie were also interested in the film, but eventually ended up dropping out as well.
No production schedule has been released. »
A few years ago, Lionsgate was developing a big screen adaptation of the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" book, written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Natalie Portman was attached to star, but the project eventually fell apart. Soon after, directors like David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie were all attached at different times, along with actresses Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway. And now comes word that the project is once again moving forward and has attached Lily Collins (The Blind Side) to star and Burr Steers (17 Again) to direct. The book follows the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with a new challenge . an army of undead zombies. Collins would play the Elizabeth Bennet character. »
Ironically enough, the movie adaption of Seth Grahame-Green's zombie/classic literature mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, refuses to die. It was first put in development in 2009, with David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter) set to write and direct, but he had to leave the project due to scheduling difficulties. Since then Mike White (Year Of The Dog) and Craig Gillespie (Lars and The Real Girl, Fright Night) were both attached, but they too had to drop out. The search for the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet didn't fare any better with Natalie Portman (who is signed on as producer), Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively all in the frame at one point or the other. In recent months, Panorama Media came on board to finance the project, and these new backers have already locked in Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) to direct, »
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Lily Collins will star in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
The Mortal Instruments actress has signed on to the newly-revived project, reports Variety.
Collins will take the lead role of Elizabeth Bennet.
Natalie Portman was originally attached to star under director David O Russell. After the pair departed due to scheduling conflicts, directors Mike White and Craig Gillespie both joined and later exited the project.
Panorama Media, Darko Entertainment and Handsomecharlie Films were announced to be teaming up in March to drive the project forward.
The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies script was written by Russell.
Collins will next be seen »
Burr Steers is set to direct the film adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's Pride, Prejudice & Zombies for Darko Entertainment and Panorama Media. Handsomecharlie films' Natalie Portman and Annette Savitch produce alongside Allison Shearmur of Allison Shearmur Productions. Initially, Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell was being eyed for directing this one, with Portman starring and Lionsgate distributing. However, the script took too long to develop, and thus led to scheduling issues for both helmer and star. Then Fright Night director Craig Gillespie got on board, but that didn't pan out either. There was even speculation that David Slade might direct at some point. »
News Simon Brew 2 May 2013 - 06:30
A movie take on Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride And Prejudice And Zombies seems to have been stuck in development for a couple of years now. At one stage, David O Russell was circling the project, and Natalie Portman was set to star. Then it looked as if Craig Gillespie was going to make it. But when they all moved onto other things (although Portman is still one of the produers apparently), the film seemed destined never to happen.
But now it's been resurrected.
Enter director Burr Steers, though. Steers made the quite brilliant Igby Goes Down and the underappreciated 17 Again, and he's now attached to the movie. Furthermore, the film may have found its lead too, with Lily Collins reportedly taking on the part. »
Remember all the way back in December 2009 when we first learned that there was going to be an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride & Prejudice & Zombies? If you forgot, I can't honestly blame you. It's now more than three years later and the project has never managed to make any real forward progress, running through directors like David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie, and potential stars like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively. Despite the fact that the production has never been able to make two pieces stick, it continues to rise from the dead. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Lily Collins is now set to star as the female lead in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. What's more, Burr Steers, the filmmaker whose previous credits include Charlie St. Cloud, 17 Again, and Igby Goes Down, is now attached to direct. For those unfamiliar with Grahame-Smith's »
I guess it's a good thing I never deleted the filmed adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies from my film database as it has found new life at Lionsgate, this time with Lily Collins attached to star in the lead role and Charlie St. Cloud director Burr Steers attached to direct. The story is based on Grahame-Smith's revisionist novel in which Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters become zombie slayers after being taught how to fight like Japanese ninjas by Mr. Darcy. It's been described as a Victorian-era Zombieland. Previous talent attached included Craig Gillespie (Fright Night) with Emma Stone attached to star and David O. Russell was once attached to direct Natalie Portman in the lead. Scarlett Johansson and Mia Wasikowska were once sought for the lead with Bradley Cooper eyed for the role of Mr. Darcy. With the attachment of Steers to direct I can »
- Brad Brevet
The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has inspired countless undead puns with its talent troubles. Natalie Portman was originally attached to star, but dropped out (she is still producing). Since then, the lead role has been offered to the likes of Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, and Blake Lively---no takers. Meanwhile, David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie all signed on to direct at one point before they eventually departed the project. Panorama Media recently came on board to produce and finance the picture. First step: Drop the first "and" so it's just Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. Next step: Sign a director and star. Variety reports that Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) is set to direct and Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) is in talks to play Elizabeth Bennet. Much as I like Collins, it's clear the producers have lowered »
- Brendan Bettinger
Remember Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? No? We won’t blame you if you’ve forgotten about this one. Filmmakers have been trying to bring the Seth Grahame-Smith novel to the big screen for a while now and unfortunately, every attempt has failed.
Directors like David O. Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie have all made valiant efforts to get this thing off the ground at Lionsgate but no one has succeeded. Actresses like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway have all flirted with the project as well but of course, nothing has panned out.
Now, Variety is telling us that Lily Collins, a still relatively unknown actress (despite some decent sized roles) will be starring in the film. Collins is probably best known for The Blind Side or Mirror Mirror and she also has a starring role in this Summer’s Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Like we said, »
- Matt Joseph
If at first you don't succeed.... The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith's best-selling literary mash up "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" has tried and tried again to get made. David O. Russell, Mike White, and most "recently" "Lars And The Real Girl" and "Fright Night" director Craig Gillespie have all come and gone, trying to get the movie off the ground at Lionsgate with little success. And while names like Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Blake Lively were all mentioned/desired/wished for at various points, a slightly different approach is being taken now. Lily Collins, perhaps still best known for "The Blind Side" and attempting to lead a new Ya franchise this summer with "Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones," is now attached to star in 'P&P&Z' with Burr Steers to direct. Wait, who? Oh, he's the guy broke out »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is back from the dead. The adaptation of the breakout mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith was originally set up at Lionsgate with Natalie Portman attached to star. Then it went through a revolving door of directors including David O. Russell, Mike White, Craig Gillespie, while actresses such as Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway flirted with starring in it. But the producers -- Portman, Annette Savitch, Richard Kelly and Sean McKittrick -- never lost hope, and like a member of the living dead going after a piece of meat, kept at it and have now attached Lily Collins to star and Burr Steers, the director behind the Zac Efron movies 17 Again and Charlie St. Cloud, to helm the adaptation
- Borys Kit
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” refuses to die. Which I guess is somewhat appropriate. It is a movie about resurrection, after all. After losing one director after another and never really latching onto a movie star to take the lead (Natalie Portman was producing, but never really committed), the film will now make do with Lily Collins, star of “Mirror Mirror” and the upcoming “The Mortal Instruments”, the latest movie based on a Young Adult book series trying to cash in on “Twilight’s” fanbase. Collins is currently in negotiations to star in the film, a genre mash-up of zombie movies and Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. She’ll get company in director Burr Steers (“17 Again”, “Charlie St. Cloud”), who will be making his first Zac Efron-less movie with “Zombies”. Steers takes over after previous directors David O’Russell, Mike White and Craig Gillespie bailed. Based on the »
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