"I'm not dead yet!", is what long-stalled project Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has just said to the world. The movie is, according to Geek Tyrant, working on coming back from the dead and pushing its way into development.
Pride has been bounced around the background of Hollywood for years, with the unlucky production just never able to get any traction in the way 's other classic novel revision, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, did. was all set to star and was set to direct. Then things happened, as they so often do in the movie industry, and the original plans fell apart. Since then, director came onboard, then did a 180 and bailed, and both and said, "Thanks, but no thanks."
But in true undead form, the movie refuses to die. It was just revealed in a joint press release from the backing studios and producer Allison Shearmur that plans for the movie are back on track, with Portman coming back on board as a producer. The screenplay that Russell originally wrote will also be used. Smart move of them, pushing the David O. Russell name in the wake of the awards ceremony march for Silver Linings Playbook.
While my interest in the zombie craze is waning due to overkill in recent years, I have read both of Grahame-Smith's classical retellings, and I have to say, I liked Pride more than Abraham, the plot of which I felt was too forced and contrived at times, unlike the effortless way zombies and the undead were woven into the already-existing Jane Austen novel.
Here's to hoping this movie gains some serious momentum. It could be a hugely fun movie, if done right.