Back in February there was quite some online stir about a revision of Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice." Of course I'm talking about Seth Grahame-Smith's "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."
Variety now reports that Natalie Portman has signed on to star and produce this story of a woman's quest for love and independence amidst the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
The plot of the film is pretty much what it says on the tin – it’s Jane Austin’s classic novel with a new zombie element grafted onto to it.
Portman will produce through her “HandsomeCharlie” production shingle along with Annette Savitch. In relation to the project, Savitch said:
“Natalie and I are longtime passionate fans of Jane Austen’s books and this a fresh, fun and thought-provoking way to approach her work. The idea of zombies running rampant in 19th Century England may sound odd, but it lends a modern sense of urgency to a well known love story.”
Lionsgate will finance and distribute the film which currently has no director or writer. But "Donnie Darko" director David Kelly will be producing the film and I wouldn’t be too surprised if he directs it too (or at the very least flirts with the idea).
Natlaie Portman will next be seen in Darren Aronofsy’s "Black Swan" and the upcoming "Thor."
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Screen Rant, First Showing