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Like the living dead, the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has refused to die, shambling on with development despite having multiple directors and leads over the past several years. Now stateside viewers will get to see zombies roam the countryside of 19th century England on the big screen, as Screen Gems has picked up Us distribution rights to the book adaptation that has added two Game of Thrones stars to its ranks.
Deadline reports that today Screen Gems secured the rights to distribute Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the Us, while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions purchased the rights to release the picture in Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland. The film is scheduled to start principal photography tomorrow.
- Derek Anderson
Game of Thrones stars Lena Headey and Charles Dance have joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which was just acquired by Screen Gems for U.S. distribution. No details were given for Lena Headey and Charles Dance's characters.
The project is adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name, which takes Jane Austen's characters from her original novel Pride and Prejudice, and throws them into a zombie outbreak scenario. Lily James stars as Elizabeth Bennett, who is pressured by her family to marry a wealthy man, but her plans change when zombies begin to invade the countryside. Jack Huston is playing Wickham, a man who Elizabeth falls for as he trains her how to fight back against the zombies. Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Emma Greenwell and Matt Smith round out the cast.
Burr Steers is directing from his own screenplay, with »
Director Burr Steers big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Jane Austen reimagining, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has added two “Game of Thrones” stars. Deadline reports that both Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the cast in unspecified roles. What’s more, Screen Gems has secured distribution rights to the upcoming zombified take on the Austen…
- Silas Lesnick
Though Jane Austen likely continues to spin in her grave, Burr Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps managing to shamble its way forward. In addition to landing domestic distribution through Screen Gems, the 19th century zombie apocalypse film also boasts the addition of Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey. There are no indications as to which roles the attached cast members will be embodying, but the recent casting news comes as a good sign for fans who have been waiting to the novel realized on the big screen. It's currently scheduled for a 2015 release. Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Word of Dance and Headey's involvement in the mash-up's adaptation comes courtesy of Deadline, who also report that Screen Gems will be handling U.S. distribution of the film. As we previously reported, Steers' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies »
- Dave Trumbore
Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and Game Of Thrones‘ Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the cast. The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcoate, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse.
Screen Gems seems a strong match for this literary mash-up that begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England, and is complicated by a full-on outbreak of zombies. That plot embellishment escaped Austen but was added by Seth Grahame-Smith, and it probably would have propelled me to actually finish Austen’s book had she thought of it in the first place. Latest script is by Steers.
- Mike Fleming Jr
The big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been through a lot. David O. Russell was originally set to direct, but he dropped out and Mike White stepped in. Then Craig Gillespie took over, and now Burr Steers is behind the camera. That's just the beginning the musical chairs. The cast has been the subject of rumors and shifts since the project was first announced in 2009. With the latest addition of Doctor Who's Matt Smith to the movie, we're sorting out who's actually involved and who has passed on Pride. »
After multiple stops and starts, the long-awaited adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is ready to begin production -- and it's snagged another star for its lineup.
Smith is set to play Mr. Collins, a man in search of a wife who proposes to Liz Bennett (Lily James). But Liz wants a more independent life -- which includes helping defend the English countryside from a zombie plague, as depicted in the Seth Grahame-Smith riff on the Austen classic.
via: The Hollywood Reporter
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- Katie Roberts
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has landed another fun role in a movie. THR is reporting that the actor has joined the cast of the feature film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
This film has been in development for years, but it's finally set to start shooting on September 24th. Burr Steers (17 Again) is directing the film, which also stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth.
The book is an expanded version of the Jane Austen classic, and the film will tell the story of Liz Bennett, a woman on a quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the dead into vicious killers. Smith will play a character named Mr. Collins, "a parson who is on the lookout for a wife and proposes to Bennett."
Smith recently wrapped production on Terminator: Genisys, »
- Joey Paur
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith has nabbed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel. Smith will play wealthy wife-seeker Mr. Collins opposite Lily James, who stars as Liz Bennett.
The horror-comedy— based on Grahame-Smith’s zombie-infiltrated version of the Jane Austen classic and directed by Burr Steers (17 Again)— also features Douglas Booth, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. The film has had a rocky journey to the big screen, originally to be directed by David O. Russell—who ended up co-writing the screenplay— and cycling through a slew of directors before securing Steers, »
- Carolyn Todd
After many stops and starts, the long gestating horror-comedy finally goes in front of the cameras next week under the helm of Burr Steers. Smith will play Mr. Collins, a man on the lookout for a wife who proposes to our heroine Liz Bennett (Lily James).
This spin on the Jane Austen classic sees Liz pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home, instead she wants to help defend the countryside against a zombie plague.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Matt Smith, who recently completed a four-season stint starring in Doctor Who, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel. The long-in-the-works, on-and-off again project is finally going before cameras Sept. 24 with a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. Burr Steers is behind the camera. The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class
- Borys Kit
Jack Huston is your new "Ben-Hur." The "Boardwalk Empire" star has been set to play the title role in MGM and Paramount's upcoming remake, according to Deadline. Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted") is set to direct the epic film, in which Morgan Freeman was previously cast as Ildarin, the man who trains Ben-Hur to become a champion chariot racer. As we reported last month, Tom Hiddleston had previously been eyed for the lead role. Best known for his role as masked hitman Richard Harrow on the HBO crime drama, Huston has also appeared in a number of recent films including "American Hustle," "Kill Your Darlings" and David Chase's "Not Fade Away." Upcoming big-screen credits for the actor include "Posthumous" opposite Brit Marling, Nicholas Sparks adaptation "The Longest Ride" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," an adaptation of the bestselling mashup novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Based on the hugely popular 1880 novel by Lew Wallace, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Exclusive: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.
MGM and Paramount still have to find their Messala, Ben-Hur’s former close friend-turned-bitter rival. Actors have been circling both parts, and it looked for a while there like Huston might have played the latter. He read for that role, but Bekmambetov decided instead he had the sympathetic manner and grit to play the title role, the one that brought »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Scott Staley worked on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center, but impulsively didn’t come into the office on September 11th, 2001. Consumed by survivor’s guilt, Scott starts to find his late co-workers’ belongings in his apartment. Stephen King’s short story, The Things They Left Behind, centers on this mystery born out of tragedy, and CBS has picked up a project based on the written work.
Billed as a “supernatural procedural drama”, Deadline reports that CBS recently purchased The Things They Left Behind from Seth Grahame-Smith and Greg Berlanti. CBS has ordered a put pilot for the project, meaning there will be financial penalties if the potential show is dropped. The project was penned by Seth Grahame-Smith and is based on King’s short story. Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods. are producing.
According to Deadline, the show “centers on an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out »
- Derek Anderson
CBS has landed another Stephen King series that will be based on a short story he wrote back in 2003 called The Things They Left Behind. The network is currently running the series Under the Dome, which has been a really solid and successful show.
According to Deadline, the new series will tell the story of "two investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead." There's a lot more to it than that though, and the original story doesn't follow two investigators, so maybe they are changing some things around. Here's a description of the actual short story to give you a better idea of where the plot is grounded:
Almost a year after 9/11, strange things start happening to narrator Scott Staley, who—at the time of the attacks—is employed at 'Light and Bell Insurance' on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center. Not only is Scott unable »
- Joey Paur
(Cbr) Hoping to repeat the success it’s had adapting Stephen King’s "Under the Dome," CBS has given a put-pilot order to a series based on the author’s 2003 short story “The Things They Left Behind.” Deadline reports the supernatural procedural will be produced by Seth Grahame-Smith and Greg Berlanti, and written by Grahame-Smith. The short story follows a man named Scott Staley who followed an inner voice and didn’t report to work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. His survivor’s guilt is compounded when items belonging to his deceased co-workers begin appearing in his apartment. He soon discovers that his life’s mission is to give these items to the families of those who passed away. In addition to the series, the story has been adapted twice. The first was a short film by Pablo Macho Maysonet IV, the second a longer feature directed by Guillaume Heulard and Stéphane Valette. »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
Stephen King has long been the source for TV mini-series like The Stand and The Tommyknockers, but in recent years, his fiction has provided the jumping off point for several full series like Haven and Under The Dome. Now, it looks like another project will be making it to CBS in the form of The Things They Left Behind. The series, based on the short story of the same name, will be produced by Arrow's Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith, author of Pride And Prejudice And »
- Alex Maidy
The "Just After Sunset" short story "The Things They Left Behind," by Stephen King, is making its way to television. The Wrap says Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith are developing the short for CBS, the home of another King series Under the Dome.
The Things They Left Behind, the series, will follow a pair of investigators who "carry out the unfinished business of the dead."
The post A New Stephen King Series is in the Works at CBS appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Next up to receive the televisual treatment from King’s vast back-catalogue is the short story The Things They Left Behind.
The aftermath of 9/11 is where the main plot of The Things They Left Behind takes place, with the story focusing on a duo of detectives as the central characters.
The story was originally published in 2003 and is set in the aftermath of 9/11. The action follows an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead.
Seth Grahame-Smith will write the script and will executive produce along with David Katzenberg and Greg Berlanti. Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are already attached to another high-profile King adaptation, the two-part film adaptation of "It".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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