In 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith released Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, his mashup of Jane Austen's 1813 classic with modern day zombies, which turned into a huge hit and being hailed much more than just a gimmick. Well, 2013 might be the year that sees Bennett meet a bloody end in Hollywood.
Much more than a gimmick hey? Well, the people who aim to tackle this parody novel have got some guts but 2013 would make the perfect year for things to get moving on the hotly anticipated movie adaptation of the classic novel come zombie fest. When the book was released back in 2009, it sparked uproar as to how someone could defile such an iconic piece of literature. Well, after the initial shock, fans of the original were actually rather taken by Grahame-Smith's play on Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy's love story, proving so popular that it wasn't long until rumours of a film being made were flying around.
Is this a good idea?
Well, if you were to pitch the original 1813 classic against the zombie laced adaptation from 2009, firstly you'd be surprised at home well written and how subtle the addition of zombies actually is. Rather than jumping in to things with a huge apocalyptic situation, we are gently informed that the book simply takes place in an alternative universe, where humans share the world with zombies roaming the countryside. Running alongside the tale of the original search for a suitable spouse, the details of their daily lives are oh so slightly different; the father of the 4 sisters has trained them in martial arts and self defense, the women carry muskets around with them and the family is in fact a highly efficient team of zombie-assassins that scour the English Countryside ridding the land of the undead.
I don't know about you but i find the book almost impossible to criticise and who doesn't love an unexpected reboot of a well-read franchise. The cinemas has seen a flurry of activity over the years; from Bridget Jone's Diary 2001 and 2004's Bollywood hit Bride and Prejudice, which even included song and dance that other adaptations before hadn't featured before... so why not zombies?
Vampires have been big news for the last decade or so and Zombies have lowly been making a comeback into the popular mind. In 2002, Danny Boyle's film 28 Days Later became a cult hit, reinventing zombies as fast footed and relentless, injecting the zombie genre with new blood... for want of a phrase. Then, the Zombie genre became even more accessible when AMC's The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's comics, was released in October 2010, one year after Grahame-Smith's novel. Since then, Zombies have become somewhat of a household figure once again and 2013 already has 3 major zombie titles in the pipeline.
The question of who is to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hasn't had the easiest ride, as it has been passed around the last year or so but there is solid enough news that the film is to start being produced this year. Famous names that have been linked to it are Gossip Girl's Blake Lively, Natalie Portman and director Craig Gillespie, who directed Colin Farrell in 2011's Fright Night. A release date is still far off from being confirmed but we are stop closer to seeing the worlds of Pride and Prejudice go head-to-undead with zombies.