What the Hell Happened to Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies??
Talk about development hell!! Seth Grahame-Smith’s debut mash-up novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, has been been in development for the big screen for a few years now, and it seems that it still has an uphill battle. But it looks like we’re finally getting an update via reelz.com. As they point out:
With three directors dropping out (David O. Russell, Mike White, Craig Gillespie), Grahame-Smith has had to remain patient throughout several “almost” scenarios for a potential adaptation of his best-selling mashup novel.
But apparently the script that was originally adapted by David O. Russell and rewritten by Marti Noxon (FRIGHT NIGHT remake) is still in place, and Grahame-Smith himself said back in March that. “there’s still a will at Lionsgate to do it.” And with the recent success of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, Grahame-Smith was hoping there’d be a renewed interest. In a recent interview with bloody-disgusting.com, Grahame-Smith admitted that the big screen adaption os PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is still “languishing”:
The only update is that it’s languishing right now. It’s frustrating, we’ve been close a couple of times, we just need a director. We’ve had a couple of great directors come in and drop off but it’s frustrating in the sense that we have a great script by David O. Russell and Marti Noxon. It’s ready to go with all of these great parts in it, so we really just need a director.
The main question that pops up in my head is why this project can’t land a director. I understand that sometimes a director sign on and then has scheduling conflicts with either the pre-production or production of a film and is forced to bail, but this one has lost three directors and can’t seem to attract a fourth. What up?? What do you think is wrong? I admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of the novel, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (it was way too Jane Austen-y for me), but I think in the right hands this could be a hugely fun film. What do you think?