We’ve got fast-moving zombies, we’ve got slow-moving zombies, and we’ve got government zombies. I think what we need in our theaters are some sorry-stricken zombies wandering around a 19th century countryside. But we’d like it to actually come to fruition, instead of just falling apart in the pre-production stage like it’s done before.
I am, of course, talking about the upcoming cinematic adaptation of Seth Grahame Smith’s 2009 mash-up hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which has found itself yet another prospective director and leading lady. Darko Entertainment and Paranorma Media will be producing, and director Burr Steers will add his vision to this historical take on the undead. After a really promising start with the dark indie comedy Igby Goes Down, which he also wrote, Steers steered himself to the opposite side of “risk-taking” with the Zac Efron films 17 Again and Charlie McCloud. He also wrote How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. It’s unclear if he’ll have a hand in the script, which was actually last worked on by David O. Russell, who dropped the project due to scheduling issues. For the record, Mike White (Year of the Dog) and Craig Gillespie (Fright Night) were also attached at different points, as was the kitchen sink, but now the water just goes everywhere…(crickets chirping)
For the film’s leading lady, Elizabeth Bennett, Lily Collins has signed up. Collins has blown up since starring in 2009’s The Blind Side, and was most recently in Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror, and will next be seen in Craig Zisk’s The English Teacher, and the upcoming young adult novel adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Natalie Portman was on board whenever Russell was, and left the project around the same time.
There’s no word on when this zombification of a literary classic will come to be, but in the meantime, you can squash a cockroach inside the pages of your copy of Moby Dick and see how that one pans out.