Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ... and Who is Actually Going to Watch This Movie?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ... and Who is Actually Going to Watch This Movie?

Apr 19, 2011

For months now we've been hearing about this movie Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, based on the book of the same name. The title alone should cause the appropriate amount of eye rolling -- not to mention give your seventh-grade English teacher an ulcer -- but considering Hollywood is currently in the business of turning anything and everything into a movie, this particular adaptation doesn't surprise us. After all, it has the word 'zombies' in the title, and that's all you really need to get the attention of a Hollywood producer. Who knows if they actually read the book; probably not.

Movies like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sound fun and weird on paper, but is there really an audience for this type of genre salad? I take it the people who'd be totally down for a Pride and Prejudice adaptation (c'mon, raise your hand) are not the same people who are flocking to zombie movies, and vice versa. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see the horror hounds running to the theater when the beginning of the film's title reminds them of that book they were forced to read (and not understand) in middle school. It's just a ridiculously weird mix, and the production's history so far is just as muddled.

Multiple directors were attached at different points, as well as stars like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson -- but now they're all gone, and Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) has signed on to direct. He's inheriting what is perhaps the strangest project currently in development (then again 50 Cent is still acting in stuff, so ...), and I'm not sure what it'll need in order to succeed. Truth be told, a lot of its success may rely heavily on how audiences react to this summer's Cowboys and Aliens, which is another strange genre-bending film that mixes the feeling of old westerns with an alien invasion movie. Granted, Pride and Prejudice is just a tad a whole heckuva lot blander than cowboys and indians, but if Cowboys and Aliens kills at the box office then there may be hope for a film like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as its sequel, Another Boring Book You Read in High School and Vampires. Guess we'll see.

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