The buzz surrounding Quirk Books’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been so loud the published moved up the release date to April 4 to capitalize on the swelling internet love affair.
But the buzz has also generated interest and bidding from Hollywood studios eager for a piece of the (as yet unreleased) corset-zombie-action.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel makes liberal use of Austen’s original text, so far out of copyright that anybody could do anything they want to it, with only the hordes of rampant Jane Austen fans to worry about.
“About 85% is the original” says the author, in an interview with the Sunday Times of London. “It quickly became obvious that Jane [Austen] had laid down the blueprint for a zombie novel, 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.”
Grahame-Smith is hoping a deal for the book’s film rights will be completed within the next two weeks.
So the only question that remains is who’s going to play Lizzie Bennet? Could they get Keira Knightly? Doubtful. A decade ago this role would have been in the can for Helena Bonham-Carter. If this thing actually happens (and let’s be honest that’s a loooooong shot) I’m pushing for Gemma Arterton (the chick painted in oil in the latest Bond flick).