Studios Fight for Jane Austen with Zombies

February 12, 2009


Hollywood studios have confused a glorified fan-fiction/decent Threadless t-shirt idea for a great movie script, and they're now in a bidding war for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a not-yet-released parody of the Jane Austen classic that adds some extra content that implies a zombie invasion was simultaneously occurring:

Hollywood studios are bidding to turn a radical reworking of Austen’s most popular book, now called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a parody to be published in April, into a blockbuster movie.

The forthcoming novel is the first mainstream “mash-up” of Austen and horror, two of the most popular film genres of the past decade.

“It quickly became obvious that Jane [Austen] had laid down the blueprint for a zombie novel,” said Grahame-Smith, a television comedy writer. “Why else in the original should a regiment arrive on Lizzie Bennet’s doorstep when they should have been off fighting Napoleon? It was to protect the family from an invasion of brain-eaters, obviously.”

From then on it was easy to imagine Bennet and her four sisters as zombie slayers, trained since childhood in the deadly arts of Chinese kung fu, and Fitzwilliam Darcy as a promoter of the socially superior ninja skills of Japan.

“About 85% is the original Jane Austen text,” he said.

(Thanks, Alix.)

Is that really all it takes to get a book and movie deal now? Combining a classic novel with a character that's popular in the realm of pseudo-humor? I can do that:

Jane Arrrrr - Jane Eyre, but some of the dialogue is changed so that the characters sound like pirates.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnja - The Mark Twain classic reimagined with Huck having ninja abilities.

Of Mice and Men and Robots - The complete text of Of Mice and Men with an epilogue that explains how robots can and will easily crush both mice and men.

Now give me money.

Jane Austen's Bennet girls go zombie slaying [Times Online] (via Cinematical)

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