Okay, technically this isn’t a “literary” post, but considering that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is soon to be a motion picture, I’m bending the rules a bit.
Entertainment Weekly announced yesterday on their Inside Movies blog (story by Anthony Breznican) that the upcoming zombie flick has a director signed on in the person of Craig Gillespie, formerly director of such films as Lars and the Real Girl and the remake of Fright Night. Principle filming is planned to begin at the end of summer 2011. David O. Russell was originally set to direct, but backed out over what was described as a “budget dispute” (his or the film, I do not know), however, according to Gillespie, he will be working from a script penned by the former director.
David O. Russell sounded like the perfect director, coming off the Oscar-winning film, The Fighter, but as often happens, things simply didn’t pan out. Gillespie (to me) is a bit of an unknown element, but Lars and the Real Girl managed an 81% freshness rating on rottentomatoes.com so that can’t be bad.
In the same interview, Gillespie claims that the roles of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy have yet to be cast. However, back in December of 2009, Natalie Portman’s name was attached as producer and star. As things stand though, and according to her IMDB listing, there appears to be no connection to the upcoming feature. I highly doubt there’s a dearth of English actresses capable of taking on the role, so there’s that. All in all good news for those looking to see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lurch from page to big screen!