The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s gimmick novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been trying to get off the ground for years. It’s gone through directors (David O. Russell then Mike White and then Craig Gillespie), and cycled through a number of actors who have all passed on the roles. For those unfamiliar with the book, Grahame-Smith’s took Jane Austen‘s classic novel and shoved in zombies. The title is not misleading. Despite the lack of urgency to make this movie, Panorama Media has announced that they’ve joined Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie, and producer Allison Shearmur to bring the book to the big screen. The producers are still out looking for a director but until they can keep one on board and find a bankable cast, don’t expect this movie to get out of development hell.
Hit the jump for the press release.
PANORAMA MEDIA JOINS DARKO ENTERTAINMENT, HANDSOMECHARLIE
AND ALLISON SHEARMUR TO HUNT ZOMBIES
Thriving production and sales company to produce and finance award-winning worldwide bestselling novel PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
SANTA MONICA, CA, March 1, 2013 – Panorama Media announced today they are joining Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur in the production of Seth Grahame-Smith¹s worldwide best seller PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES. The company will come on to produce, finance and will handle foreign sales on the film. Based on the book, the script is written by David O¹Russell.
The film will be produced by Darko Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch and Allison Shearmur of Allison Shearmur Productions. It will be executive produced by Darko’s Edward H. Hamm Jr., Aleen Keshishian and Panorama’s Marc Butan.
The team is currently out to directors, and the film will be packaged for Cannes where Panorama’s international sales unit, headed by Kimberly Fox, plans to introduce the title. CAA, which brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, represents the film’s domestic distribution rights.
Published by Quirk Books, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US, and has been translated into over two dozen languages.