Yet Another Production Company Throws Money at Cast-Less, Director-Less ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’
While it’s certainly amusing that one of the projects that Hollywood simply refuses to let die is a film about zombies, the long road to the screen for Pride and Prejudice and Zombieshas been so long and so arduous that it simply doesn’t seem worth it at this point. And yet, this is Hollywood, and the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “novel” does come with a script by David O. Russell and it does fall under the newly-hot “zom-rom-com” genre that moviegoers seem to like these days (thanks, Warm Bodies). So let’s throw some more money at it and hope it all works out.
Deadline Hollywood passes along word that Panorama Media has joined the long list of the film’s producers – including Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films, and producer Allison Shearmur – to give the project (which still doesn’t have a cast or a director) still more money to get made. Money is cool and all, but you know what’s really cool? A director and a cast. The news also assures us that the film is out to potential directors, but considering that Zombies has already cycled through plenty of potential directors – with Craig Gillespie last attached to direct back in August of 2011, and other names like Russell himself and Mike White on board at various points to helm – that doesn’t mean much.
At least this is a small piece of good news for a plagued project that, again, still doesn’t have an attached director or any semblance of an assembled cast. The production has been strapped to find an Elizabeth Bennett to lead it, with just about every “hot” female star of feasible age rumored to lead the cast at some point in time, including Emma Stone, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Mila Kunis, Rooney Mara, and Olivia Wilde. Back in 2011, Dominic Cooper was reportedly set to play Mr. Darcy, but that also appears to have gone right out the window, only to crack its skull, moan loudly, and slink off into a populated metropolitan area.