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12.11.09 21 Comments

(Pride and Predator)

Natalie Portman has signed on to star in and produce Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a book that you should’ve thought of but Seth Grahame-Smith and his gay hyphen name did instead.

Though Austen’s name is on the book, Grahame-Smith took the liberty of adding bloodthirsty flesh-eating zombies to the mix.  Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Darko [the studio producing] just released “The Box,” “World’s Greatest Dad” and “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” [Variety]

I don’t know what it is, but something about this project bugs me. It’s easy to forget that it’s mildly clever because I’m so annoyed with everyone thinking it’s really clever.  Big whoop, zombies are stupid.  Write Sense and Sensibility and Doggies with Bandanas Around Their Necks and then we’ll talk.

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