Jane Austen penned Pride and Prejudice in 1796 and it was first published in 1813. Almost 200 years later, to the delight (or horror) of her fans, New York Times Best Selling author Seth Grahame-Smith gave the modern world Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, his version of Jane’s beloved novel with a flesh-eating zombie apocalypse twist. Now Seth’s “landed gentry vs. the undead” parody novel is being brought back to life for the big screen with a feature film adaptation expected to hit U.S. theaters in February 2016.
Crediting Jane Austen as his co-author, Seth Grahame-Smith is said to have singlehandedly created the “mash-up” craze with his Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009), which debuted at #3 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
He set his newfangled telling of her 19th-century classic in the quiet, Victorian English village of Meryton where a mysterious plague has taken hold that’s causing the dead to return to life. Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Seth’s story goes like this…
“Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield.”
The upcoming film adaptation is based on and bears the same name as Seth’s best-selling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which has sold over two million copies and has been translated into more than twenty languages since its 2009 release.
PS – Heads up to fans of Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones… Elizabeth Bennet (she’s martial arts-trained in the mashup) will be played by Lily James (DA’s Lady Rose MacClare), and GOT’s Charles Dance and Lena Headey both have roles in the horror/action/romance/twisted comedy flick, as well.
Check out the trailer…