Two major developments on Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, the Burr Steers film that mixes the mannered, brain-challenging prose of Jane Austen with brain-eating corpses from hell. Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and Game Of Thrones‘ Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the cast. The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcoate, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse. Screen Gems seems a strong match for this mash-up that begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies. That embellishment escaped Austen but was added by Grahame Smith, and it probably would have propelled me to actually finish Austen’s book had she thought of it in the first place. Latest script is by Steers, who rewrote a previous draft by David O Russell.
The picture has been put together by Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity and Lauren Selig. Along with the Screen Gems deal, they’ve sold Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sierra/Affinity is selling other international territories. The film is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm and Sue Baden Powell.
‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Scares Up A Release Date
Screen Gems has scheduled its corset-clad fighting femme film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for a Feb. 19, 2016 release. The film will face off against EuropaCorp’s thriller Shut In starring Naomi Watts. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is based on the 2009 Seth Grahame-Smith novel which mixes the zombie genre with the famed Jane Austen title. Story follows a zombie apocalypse that has been raging for 70 years, however, the Bennet sisters have just about had enough. Burr Steers is directing from the screenplay he wrote with David O. Russell. Lily James stars as Elizabeth Bennet, Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy while Bella Heathcote will play Elizabeth’s sister. Jack Huston also stars as Mr. Collins. Pic is produced by Cross Creek chief Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan. Filming began last September.