TRAILER: Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Wired sets up the clip:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride and Prejudice … wait, that’s Seth Grahame-Smith’s Quirk Books parody Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The hit novel has long been slated for a film adaptation, originally with Natalie Portman starring and producing with David O. Russell directing. But nearly six years later there’s finally a first glimpse ahead of the February 2016 release date, with Igby Goes Down director Burr Steers at the helm and Downton Abbey and Cinderella star Lily James as the Regency-era heroine-turned-zombie hunter Elizabeth Bennet. As expected, this first UK trailer initially starts out looking like any old Austen adaptation, with fancy balls and horseback riding, but then the modern music kicks in and the Bennet sisters are slicing and dicing their way through a zombie hoard.

  • motordog

    I know a lot of folks are getting zombie burnout…and I totally understand. As for me, though, I can never get enough of this stuff! Bring out your dead! XD

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    • greenmanTN

      If you like zombie novels, one of the best in my opinion is John Ajvide Lindqvist’s “Handling The Undead.” It’s much different from any other zombie novel because these undead don’t attack humans or eat brains, they rise from the grave, return home, and just…. sit there. What if you were actually glad someone is dead, or you loved someone and they died and you worked through your grief, but here they are AGAIN, in body if not in spirit? What if you’re still grieving and you try to project those feelings onto what is now just a shambling body without any memory of the past and unable to return your affection?

      Because it deals with the conflicted and complicated emotions of survivors confronted with their “loved ones” yet again, it’s (IMO) much more deeply unsettling than any slice-n-dice zombie apocalypse action novel. FWIW, Lidqvist is the author of “Let The Right One In,” which was made as a Swedish film and in the US as “Let Me In.”

      • motordog

        Sounds a bit like a British TV show called “In the Flesh”. In that world, an old fashioned z-day apocalypse happened which they called “The Rising” (everyone who died in that year came back to eat brains, even clawing their way out of their graves), but a type of ‘cure’ is found. Zombies give the cure are still, technically, dead, but they regain their old memories and personalities. The show has a sort of AIDS epidemic/migrant hate/’reds under the beds’ type feel. In addition, the lead character is gay, so we have that! It starts pretty slow, but it picks up quickly and I found it a very enjoyable show. It only had 9 episodes, and ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger, unfortunately.

        • Dazzer

          “In the Flesh” was the only zombie show that could hold my interest. It was absolutely brilliant.

          • motordog

            Indeed…but that end! Gah!! So many questions…so many unanswered questions! I fear we may never be given the answers.

          • robirob

            According to a poster on the IMDB message board the show (which got canceled by BBC Three after its second season) might be picked up by Netflix.

            Season one was the best by far.

          • motordog

            Well, I’ll keep my fingers crossed, and hopefully it will come to pass. I agree about the first season, but it’s pretty common for sophomore seasons to slump a bit.

            – Mildly Spoilery-

            That first season though…when Ren found Rick at the end, leaning against his garage? Rather heartbreaking…

          • robirob

            I was so crushed when that happened. I was kind of hoping the show would bring Rick back and end with Ren, his family, and Rick at the dinner table with Ren and Rick “going through the motions” to eat their food like everybody else.

            But I guess that’s a thing on In the Flesh where likeable zombie characters get killed (something very similar happens in season two).

        • greenmanTN

          Hmmmm. I’ll give it a try. There’s a YouTube-like website called tubeplus where I’ve been able to find a lot of harder to find British shows and they may have it. Thanks.

          • motordog

            I think you’ll like it…as I said, don’t be put off if it seems pretty slow at first. I promise it picks up pace as it goes. There are some amazingly cool characters and some really heavy moments of pathos. I won’t spoil anything for you, but it’s rare for such a show to bring a tear to my eye…and this one did. It’s not perfect, of course…but it’s short length makes it an easy watch.

        • Câl

          I loved “in the Flesh” for it’s slightly new take and the wonderful Luke Newberry as a likeable dead person. I also quite like the movie “Warm Bodies” for playing with the genre. The French series “The Returned” (“Les Revenants” in French) is also worth a try if you have not come across it (second series starting here in the UK next week, looking forward to it), if totally unlike any other zombie thing as they are just returned dead people and not flesh-eating but still spooky.

          • motordog

            I noticed that series was out, and was thinking of giving it a go. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • TexasBoy

    This just seems wrong somehow.

  • BearEyes

    oh, good grief.

  • Michael Rush

    ( snork ) you said fancy balls .

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  • CB

    As a student of 18th & 19th Cent lit, I was given this book as a joke. There is also “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.” Problem is, it’s poorly written and not very good parody with the zombie sequences just dropped in. Good for the author for selling the book and the movie, though. Doubt I’ll be seeing it.

    • Dramphooey

      Try “Dick and Jane and Vampires.” They added a vampire to the original pictures and it was amusing. I bought it for my niece.

    • j.martindale

      The book was adolescent. Sophomoric. Witless. Unreadable. Also, a desecration of a work of genius.

      • james_from_cambridge

        I’m hoping it’s like The Devil Wears Prada, which was an unreadable mess of a book but a pretty great, fun movie, one of my favorites, actually. Anyway, I can’t resist the concept of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies so I have to watch it.

    • lymis

      The book was adolescent. Sophomoric. witty. delightful. Also, a playful romp with a work of genius. Some books are just inoffensively bad. I can’t say that about this one, because it was neither.

    • Dagoril

      I was hoping for Sense & Senility & Mummies.

  • Dramphooey

    The zombie apocalypse is pretty silly. Assuming it somehow occurred any paper printing “The Dead Walk!” must also print a more frightening headline: “All Insects, Creatures that Devour Decaying Matter Vanish: All Life on Earth Doomed.”

  • Glen

    Oh for crying out loud.

    😀

  • perversatile

    a rather lack luster book,
    I can’t imagine the movie would be much better

  • Captain Jack

    I’ll always be in love with Mr Darcy…. No matter what he looks like …::sigh:::

    • marshlc

      Bleh. He’s a rigid asshole. Sure, he has good points, and sure, while deeply in love he is able to admit to some of his faults, but can you imagine being married to him? Twenty years on, when time has really had a chance to solidify all his rigidity? When the honeymoon glow has worn off, he’ll start noticing all the ways Lizzie doesn’t measure up to his expectations, and even when she does, there’s always the faint praise of “At least you’re much better than that horrible family you come from” stinking up their every encounter.

      Given financial and social reality, Lizzie’s lucky to have gotten him, but he’s still an asshole.

      • marshlc

        Um, sorry, got a little carried away.

        Guess you don’t want to hear what I have to say about Mr Rochester……

        • Câl

          So glad I’m not the only one who thinks like that.

  • BobSF_94117

    The idea is brilliant. That it resulted in a book is troubling. That it is being made into an honest to god movie is a sign of the impending apocalypse.

    On the other hand, anything that keeps talented set designers and costumers employed is OK with me.

  • How much longer with society’s fascination with zombies? We’ve done vampires, and now the walking undead. What does this say about our collective Zeitgeist?

    • Dramphooey

      I’m still trying to determine if this is worse than our current fascination with comic book superheroes. Anyhow, I saw an interesting timeline on it yesterday at the Living Dead Museum in Evans City. It wasn’t much of a timeline as the release of this book was on it.

      • Robert Schaaf

        I think it is. With superheroes you can at least have moral ambiguity and shades of villainy and heroism. Zombies are flesh-eating automata. Also, you might get Robert Downey, Jr. or Chris Pratt, who are both great fun.

    • james_from_cambridge

      I’m camping out for the movie now!

      https://media1.giphy.com/media/i9xr8513oBNmM/200.gif

    • DirtyPierre

      This says it all.

  • Octavio

    Bleh.

    • Dramphooey

      Meh.

  • Elsewhere1010

    When they get around to Ben Hur and Zombies, let me know.

    And the best zombie movie ever was screenwriter Val Lewton’s I Walked with a Zombie made in 1943, and can still kick the ass of any zombie movie made so far (except for Shaun of the Dead).

    • Gindy51

      Shaun, the only zombie movie I own. The rest are trash.

  • Jeffrey

    It was silly fun read, nothing really to it. Ill see the move only because I like zombies.

  • skeptical_inquirer

    I always think of the Cracked article that points out that zombies would never be a widespread problem because all the scavenging animals would be chomping on them from day one, bacterial would be breaking them down as they rotted, their functioning would worsen hour by hour and long distance weapons like flame throwers exist.

    • motordog

      First off, yes, it’s a fictional thing, so there are no unbreakable laws as to how they work (it just depends on the author’s point of view)…that being said, the genre does have some typical tropes and suppositions.

      1) Often, the animals are eaten along with the people…or perhaps the ‘virus’ makes the flesh unpalatable to the scavengers. This can also explain why the world isn’t one huge swarm of flies.

      2) In some treatments, it’s established whatever the mechanism is that animates the bodies also slows down the rate of decay. Again, this might be because the bacteria and whatnot that break down dead flesh can no longer (or not as efficiently) process the infected meat…effectively making the virus a type of antiseptic to pathogens other than itself.

      3) Lots of zombies appear to be rather damp…it takes a lot of sustained heat to completely burn a body. I’d imagine a very hot and powerful flame thrower might ‘cook’ one enough so it can’t move, but few people have those lying around. You’d probably just end up with flaming zombies trying to eat you, and a lot of stinky smoke.

      4) In closing…it’s just for fun and to tell a story…as MST3K taught us, “repeat to yourself it’s just a show, I should really just relax”. 😀

      • Dramphooey

        Yeah, but I would argue if you have to ignore reality too much you’re not watching anything good. If you’re screaming at a screen “why would you do that!?” I guess you’re enjoying it on some level but are you really enjoying it?

        I guess that is why I can honestly say I really like only one of these movies and that’s the first because that is what would happen: a sudden onslaught and a night of terror that would quickly be brought under control.

        Oh, and “repeat to yourself it’s just a show, I should really just relax” didn’t fly so well with Stonewall!

        • Ah, but after “Night of the Living Dead,” there was “Dawn of the Dead,” and “Day of the Dead,” which are direct sequels. So, it wasn’t really over! But yeah, that first one is some quality film making. First sequel too.

  • Bison Burgher

    Nice to see Merchant Dievory Films making a comeback.

    I’ll show myself out.

    • motordog

      That was worthy of the Crypt Keeper!

  • lymis

    Honestly, I loved the book, but I can’t imagine it would have done anything for someone who didn’t love the original and know it well enough to see all the changes interwoven into the text. For someone less familiar with it, I can see it would have gotten tedious fast – but so would the original novel.

    Because that’s exactly what it is – the text of the original novel with zombies tacked on. That’s going to be decidedly not to some people’s tastes. Other people will find it delightful.

    My guess is that the movie would be the same. It’s decidedly a niche event.

  • Justin

    Can’t wait!

  • robirob

    Isn’t this a movie adapation from the same author who is responsible for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    What’s this about giving historical figures and historical source material some new gimmicky attributes like being vampire hunters, zombie killers, or (in Sleepy Hollow) part of a supernatural task force?