Hollywood Fighting over rights to Jane Austen style zombies.

GATW Guest Writer

February 12th, 2009

According to First Showing, there is an all out bidding war going on in Hollywood over a book that hasn't even hit shelves yet.  The book is called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and apparently it is being pitched to studios as the type of story that could potentially produce an offshoot of similar mashups, which could create a whole new genre of stories they are calling "monster-lit".  With P&P&Z being the first of its kind, not to mention the fact that zombies are definitely surging in popularity, studios are in a tizzy to get their hands on the rights to the book.  There's no info on who is wanting it or for what, but co-author Seth Grahame-Smith (along with Jane Austen, of course) explains"

"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."

So to clear things up, P&P&Z is not a story inspired by the original Pride and Prejudice.  Think of it like this.  In Seth Grahame-Smith's mind, it's almost as if this is the novel Austen wrote originally, it's just that her uptight editors made her take the zombie part out.  I can't wait.  So between now and May, when the book hits shelves, I'm pretty sure all I'll be thinking about is what other boring old literature "classics" could benefit from a little zombie/monster action.  What do you think?  Could Frankenstein have been made to fight a horde of zombies?  Was Odysseus also known for killing an entire army of the undead?  Is there ANY story that wouldn't be more awesome with the inclusion of zombies???

Source: First Showing

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