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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
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
Back in 2011 a short film adaptation of Stephen King's short story "The Things They Left Behind" was making the film fest rounds, and now it looks like the tale is heading to the small screen... CBS to be exact!
Per Deadline, CBS bested the competition for "The Things They Left Behind," a supernatural procedural drama based on King’s story from Seth Grahame-Smith and Greg Berlanti. The project, produced by Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Productions, has received a put pilot from the network.
CBS, which has had success with its adaptation of King's "Under the Dome," is no doubt looking for lightning to strike twice.
"The Things They Left Behind," set in the aftermath of 9/11, was originally published in 2003 as part of the compilation Transgressions: Volume Two. It was adapted into the aforementioned extended short film by Pablo Macho Maysonet IV.
Written by Grahame-Smith, the »
- Debi Moore
CBS found solid success with its Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome, so now they’re looking to adapt another of his works. The network has scooped up King’s 2006 short story The Things They Left Behind, set in the aftermath of 9/11. Seth Grahame-Smith is writing. Hit the jump for more details. Published as part […]
- Angie Han
CBS is loving Stephen King and they decided to capture the whole end of the world market. Thus they ordered a pilot for Stephen King’s short story The Things They Left Behind. The story follows a pair of very different investigators who must help the dead wrap up their issues. Think of a hybrid of Ghost Whisper and Left Behind. Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith are behind the pilot production. No word on when fans can expect to see it, except 2015 is a likely target if they do air it.
The show sounds like it could be an interesting one. At least it isn’t zombie based by the sounds of it. I am just not sure how CBS will like it since it really isn’t anything new to CBS. The show between former CBS shows and what they have CW, it seems like just a quick way to gain some attention. »
- Sarah Peel
CBS is tapping the work of Stephen King for programming inspiration again. The network's adaptation of King's novel “Under the Dome” was a welcome summer hit for CBS last year, and it has given a put-pilot order to another King adaptation, this time from Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “Brothers & Sisters”) and Seth Grahame-Smith (“The Hard Times of Rj Berger”). Also read: CBS Confirms James Corden as Craig Ferguson's ‘Late Late Show’ Replacement The one-hour drama project, “The Things They Left Behind,” is based on King's short story and follows an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead. »
- Tim Kenneally
CBS is once again adapting a Stephen King work for the small screen.
Related Under the Dome Recap: Chester’s Chill
Per our sister site Deadline, Arrow Ep Greg Berlanti and Seth Grahame-Smith (The Hard Times of Rj Berger) will shepherd the post-9/11 drama, which centers on “an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead.” Grahame-Smith will also pen the script.
Berlanti will »
After many delays, filming finally kicks off this month on the feature film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and another new cast member has been added. "Shameless" and "True Blood" actress Emma Greenwell is the latest to join the fray.
The film co-stars Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet, Jack Huston as George Wickham, and Bella Heathcote as Elizabeth's sister. Huston's Wickham and James' Bennet are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins her over with his theories regarding training them.
Brian Oliver, »
- Debi Moore
Update: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just won't die, and hopefully the new cast will give it the breath of life it needs to make the parody film work. Lily Collins is now out, but Lily James (the new Cinderella) is in. Other new cast members include Sam Riley (Maleficent), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Douglas Booth (Romeo & Juliet) as Mr. Darcy's friend Bingley and Emma Greenwell ("Shameless") as Bingley's sister, and Jack Huston (Kill Your Darlings) as the handsome Lt. Wickham. It hasn't been clarified if Riley is playing Mr. Darcy or if that role has yet to be cast.
May 2, 2013: Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) will star in Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and, in doing so, brings the project back from grave. Burr Steers (17 Again) will direct, which - if you're counting - makes the project's the fifth director. The movie is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's reimagining of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Lily James and Sam Riley are playing Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, characters from the original novel Jane Austen, which is given a genre twist in the "expanded" version from author Seth Grahame-Smith. This new story shows how Elizabeth's quest for love is stunted by a zombie outbreak. Emma Greenwell is playing the sister of Douglas Booth's character, with Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston also starring.
Burr Steers is directing from a script he co-wrote with David O. Russell, who was attached to direct at one point in the project's lengthy development process. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Natalie Portman, Sean McKittrick, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan and Tyler Thompson. Production is scheduled to begin later this month, with Cross Creek and Universal Pictures producing and distributing.
Filming finally begins next month on the feature film adaptation of the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which infuses gut munchers into the iconic Jane Austen tale. On tap for you today is the latest casting news so read on if this project is one you're eagerly anticipating!
Deadline reports that Noah star Douglas Booth has joined the cast of the classic lit mash-up, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel. Booth is no stranger to classic tales, previously starring in Romeo & Juliet. He’ll play Bingley L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy.
- John Squires
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