A horror-comedy adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith satirical twist of the classic novel is in the works. T he horror comedy twist on the classic romance story is set for release in 2015 and the cast list is growing as the release date draws in. The latest addition to the cast which various sites began reporting yesterday is the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. Smith has joined the cast of the movie in a leading role as Mr Collins. The novel this movie is based on is one of many horror themed satires by Seth Grahame-Smith, who often combines the original work with his own creature based additions such as zombies, vampires and sea monsters. A previous novel by the same author in the same style was adapted into a movie in 2012, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter received mixed reviews some resoundingly positive, others not so good. Let’s hope the zombie twist on the classic tale is much more successful.
There is a good chance the overall response for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be positive as although it has had a very laboured start it seems to have some great talent on board. Matt Smith is held up by many as the best Doctor so far and though I hesitate to concur with this I agree that he is certainly in the top 5. Smith is a fantastic actor who brings something interesting to every role. It will be interesting to see how he is in this kind of movie, we have never seen Smith in an ultra-violent zombie flick before.
However, interesting casting details aside, one aspect of the film’s production that doesn’t exactly fill me with hope is the fact that the movie is to be directed by Burr Steers. I am unfamiliar with this directors work but at a glance his imdb page isn’t exactly promising, the only movies he has directed are 17 Again, The Death and Life Of Charlie St Cloud and Igby Goes Down. Based on the reviews it seems Igby Goes Down was actually really good, however lets not get our hopes up as he did direct 17 Again which achieved a Metacritic score of 48.
However, the interesting premise and the great cast may make up for this element, hopefully resulting in a fun and unique movie. I am hoping for a balance of horror and comedy with more than enough zombie based chaos to justify the title.