Even before it hit shelves in 2009, Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel ’Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ was picked up by Lionsgate to become a major motion picture. However, the project went through a number of changes including a revolving door of directors that included David O. Russell, Mike Newell, Matt Reeves, and more. Production stalled in 2013 until Panorama Media joined to produce and Burr Steers of ‘Igby Goes Down’ and ’17 Again’ was brought in to rewrite and direct the film. With that, the zombie parody of one of the most popular novels in English literature was back in business. And now that it’s finally hitting theaters in less than two weeks, we have our first look at these new versions of Jane Austen’s classic characters.
Fans of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy may be surprised to find out that they’ve taken on some new callings. In the alternate universe of PPZ, the young heroine and her sisters have been training in martial arts and weaponry from a young age, while Darcy becomes an efficient zombie hunter. But if seeing is believing for you, then these new clips from the film are for you.
In the first video titled ‘Admire’, Elizabeth shows that though she is a damsel, she is not in distress, even when standing face to face with a Lannister… I mean, with Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Then, the second one labeled ‘Enviable Talent’ may not be the zombie kill of the week, but we get to see one of Mr. Darcy’s rather unorthodox method of locating the undead before slaying them. You can check out both clips below, followed by the official synopsis of the movie:
’Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.
What do you think of the first clips from ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’? Are you excited to see these versions of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in action? Sound off in the comments.
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Ellie Bamber, Millie Brady, Bella Heathcote, Suki Waterhouse, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, and Lena Headey hits theaters on February 5, 2016.