But alas. ‘Twas not to be.
Panorama Media, which is backed by billionaire heiress/film financier Megan Ellison (Megan, whyyyyy?!), has swooped in to rescue the film, serving as its producer and financier as well as handling foreign sales.
I’m trying to figure out which movie unintentionally brought about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies‘ resuscitation. Warm Bodies, which took the whole romance/zombie concept to the bank? Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which cleaned up overseas? Or maybe, on the TV side, it’s the continued success of The Walking Dead? WHOSE RESPONSIBLE THIS?
Regardless, as is usually the case in Hollywood, this deal isn’t the final word. There’s a script—written by Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, strangely enough—but no director or star. Disagreements about the budget could easily still torpedo this project. Fingers crossed. (Or not. Your mileage may vary.)
As a side note, Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the book version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (well, no, that was mostly Jane Austen, but you know what I mean) has been having a really good week: He was also hired to do a polish on the screenplay for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot. Yay for him, if not necessarily for us.