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On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film's physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.
Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:
Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.
I saw it in my mind the way you'd approach a play. We'd set up this alternate world where there's a zombie pandemic that »
- Derek Anderson
I’ve been working on a brand new game to add to the rotation and got the opportunity to give it a go last week at San Diego Comic-Con. Welcome to the very first edition of Collider’s movie-themed “Would You Rather!” The goal is to have some fun, but a top priority of the game is also to give a little insight into how a filmmaker likes to work, his or her on-set preferences, etc. Shortly after the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Hall H panel, I got the opportunity to sit down with Matt Smith who plays Mr. Collins and Jack Huston who plays Wickham. Lily James leads the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith book as Elizabeth Bennet. She’s basically the same Elizabeth Bennet featured in the original Jane Austen novel except for the fact that she and her four sisters, Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady »
- Perri Nemiroff
The series is set on the brink of world war in 1939 England and follows 10 strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near southern England’s Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, the travelers learn that their host is mysteriously absent and that they are each accused of a terrible crime. As members of the party start to die mysteriously, the survivors realize they may be harboring a murderer among their number.
BBC announced the project in February.
The adaptation is penned by Sarah Phelps (“The Casual Vacancy,” “Great Expectations”) and stars Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor and Aidan Turner.
Abi Bach is producing. Exec producers are »
- Whitney Friedlander
To coincide with Agatha Christie's 125th anniversary, BBC One and Lifetime are teaming up for an all-star mini-series based on arguably the Grand Dame of mystery's most famous work - "And Then There Were None".
Set on the eve of World War Two, the story follows ten strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, their host is mysteriously absent.
A recording starts with each accused of a terrible crime. As each member of the party starts to mysteriously die one-by-one every few hours, the survivors realise one of them is a killer and start to turn on each other.
This time out the ensemble will be: Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones"), Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park"), Toby Stephens ("Black Sails"), Aidan Turner ("The Hobbit"), Miranda Richardson ("Harry Potter"), Anna Maxwell Martin ("The Bletchley Circle »
- Garth Franklin
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies I was not particularly excited for this movie after the fairly forgettable Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but Pride And Prejudice And Zombies looks like it could be fun if it gets the tone right. The one thing the panel.comprised of cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston, former Doctor Who Matt Smith, writer/director... Read More »
- Jason Adams
One movie we've heard very little about at Comic-Con is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Jane Austen horror mashup did have a panel in Hall H midday, but the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation was outshined by heavy hitters such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse. We're not sure what was shown, but no new trailer appeared in any official capacity to share. We're not empty handed, though. We did get get 6 interviews with the cast, including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth and Matt Smith.
Earlier in the week, before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies could turn Hall H into a 19th Century blood bath, EW released 4 very sexy, very gory photos from the thriller. They proved that this generation was about to get a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, with Seth Grahame-Smith's tome hitting the »
Here’s a first look at new photos from Sony Pictures’ Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
The cast were at Comic-Con’s Hall H for a panel discussion on the film.
— Ppz Movie (@PPZmovie) July 11, 2015
Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Lily James and Douglas Booth seen at Screen Gems’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Presentation at 2015 Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty »
- Michelle McCue
Of all the literary/horror mash-ups you can think of - Moby Dicknado, War And Peace And Piranhas, Lord Of The Flyblown - Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is the one that’s actually happening. That it’s an even more far-fetched conceit than anything you could possibly invent is a joy that was not lost on the Hall H throng. Comic-Con came to have its minds (and English text books) blown and the film’s cast and filmmakers did their best to oblige in a panel that showcased a chunky first trailer.In attendence were writer/ director Burr Steers, cast members Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet), Sam Riley (Mr. Riley), Bella Heathcote (Jane Bennet), Douglas Booth (Mr. Bingley), Jack Huston (Mr. Wickham) and Matt Smith (Mr. Collins), and the masher-upper-in-chief Seth Grahame-Smith.The movie’s set up is simple: after seven decades of zombies roaming 19th century England, cluttering up »
The story is the best-selling crime novel of all time with 100 million copies sold across the globe. It will be adapted into a three-part series by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations).
Set in 1939, ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island off the Devon coast where all are accused of terrible crimes.
When one is killed, the group must come to terms with and investigate a possible murderer amongst them.
Amongst the group are "a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary".
Completing the cast are Miranda Richardson, »
Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.
Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.
13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015
Browse our ultimate guide day-by-day:
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Thursday, July 9
Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)
The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »
Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Saturday, July 11.
Once Upon a Time (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
Cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue, Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader appear for a Q&A alongside co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The session will be moderated by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and also features a sneak peak at season five.
Footage presentations and Q&As.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have a bunch of new photos from the upcoming "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," starring Lily James (Cinderella), Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey. Check everything out below. Plot: A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. The new movie is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and is set to hit theaters on February 5th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
"She's the most badass zombie slayer there is." Can't wait to see her kick ass. Even more previews of movies that will be hitting Comic-Con next week. Entertainment Weekly, once again, has debuted new photos, this time they're for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's book that revises Jane Austen's classic to be a zombie tale. Now it's a zombie movie, starring a lovely cast. "Lizzy" leads the way, played by Lily James. Plus: Ellie Bamber, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady & Suki Waterhouse. The cast features Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, plus Lena Headey, but these photos are mostly the main girls. We hope to see a trailer soon. Until then... Here's the new set of photos, direct from Entertainment Weekly. Click to read more about the adaptation: Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers »
- Alex Billington
Prior to the epic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies panel planned for Comic Con next Saturday, which promises to turn Hall H into a 19th Century blood bath, EW has released 4 very sexy, very gory photos from the thriller. This generation gets a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, as Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel prepares to hit the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day this February. Here, we get to meet headstrong Elizabeth Bennet and her zombie killing, corset wearing sisters!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tells the classic love story with an apocalyptic twist sure to scare anyone into fits of panic, followed by a series of hot flashes. Lily James takes on the role of Lizzy, who has become romantically entangled with Mr. Darcy, played by Sam Riley. This fling is interrupted by a zombie virus, with the 'sorry stricken' (as the walkers are »
The most surprising thing about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? That they actually ended up making it. After losing three directors and at least one major star (Natalie Portman), the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling mashup novel is finally headed to the big screen, and EW has the exclusive on the first official images from the film, which director Burr Steers ("Igby Goes Down") says will be played without the tongue-in-cheek tone readers of the book may have been expecting: “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight,” Steers told EW. “The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink.” Added star Lily James ("Cinderella"): “It’s definitely not camp.” You can view the images below. But first, here's a capsule history of the long-in-the-works production: April 2009: Seth Grahame-Smith's »
- Chris Eggertsen
Continuing their pre-Comic Con coverage, EW has posted new photos and details about the upcoming period horror tale "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which will be getting its own panel in San Diego next weekend.
Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel, the film takes Jane Austen's classic "Pride and Prejudice" and re-imagines it with an apocalyptic twist. The film's director Burr Steers says that despite the premise, the tone here is not camp in the slightest with the action played straight:
"The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight. The movie's big wink is that there is no big wink."
- Garth Franklin
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The latest take on Jane Austen’s classic love story is a little, how should we say… revisionist. In Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, out next February, it is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.
Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, which riffed raucously on Austen’s classic, this new Pride and Prejudice imagines Elizabeth Bennet and her corset-clad sisters as warriors of the Victorian era, searching for husbands while simultaneously fending off hordes of the undead.
“Rather than knitting and crocheting, they’re polishing muskets,” says Lily James, the Cinderella actress who plays Elizabeth, to EW, which debuted the above images. Of Lizzy, James says, “She’s the most badass zombie slayer there is.”
Even more fascinating than the reimagined Elizabeth, though, may be the tone director Burr Steers is aiming to strike. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A rich science-fiction world, full of weird and colourful characters who still ring true despite having massive animal ears or wings, with well-defined politics, an ancient conflict and a lead couple who you can’t help but root for with all your heart.
Unfortunately I’m not talking about Jupiter Ascending but the comic Saga... Sadly for the Wachowskis, who clearly put a lot of care and affection into their latest ambitious failure, Jupiter Ascending fails miserably in all the ways Saga succeeds.
But perhaps that’s an unfair comparison; I should judge Jupiter Ascending on its own terms. Inferior similarities to the beloved (and, to be fair, firmly established) comic aside, the film still starts out with a literal boatload of movie cliches: Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is the »
- Mark Allen
Early next year, zom-rom-com fans will finally be able to see the living dead roam the 19th-century English countryside in the manners/zombie mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Ahead of its big screen release in February, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel will be teased next month in Hall H at Comic-Con.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Screen Gems will bring two end-of-the-world projects to Comic-Con's Hall H at 12:15pm on Saturday, July 11th:
"Screen Gems will premiere exclusive first look footage from Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, bringing Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith to the stage along with director Burr Steers, and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith. Screen Gems will also be debuting the first look footage from Patient Zero, which stars Smith and Natalie Dormer. Director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le will also take the stage. »
- Derek Anderson
Screen Gems confirmmed today that it will debut the first footage from its horror-lit mashup Pride And Prejudice And Zombies and action thriller Patient Zero at the Con. Its July 11 panel will feature P&P&Z cast including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith along with director Burr Steers and the book's author Seth Grahame-Smith. Doctor Who alum Smith also stars in Patient Zero, and he’ll present the footage along with co-star… »
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