Pride and Prejudice and zombies: A Jane Austen classic?
Jane Austen's classic book 'Pride and Prejudice' looks like it is soon going to be paired with some zombies on film, as Hollywood Studios are bidding to turn Seth Grahame-Smith's book 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' into a blockbuster movie.
The idea of mixing different genres has spread from pop music, where old tunes are merged to make fresh hits, to the internet with fan homages such as Lizzie the Vampire Slayer, where Bennet is transported into the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The forthcoming novel is the first mainstream “mash-up” of Austen and horror, two of the most popular film genres of the past decade. It has been made possible only because Austen is out of copyright.
Grahame-Smith is keen for the idea to go ahead.
“It quickly became obvious that Jane [Austen] had laid down the blueprint for a zombie novel,” said Grahame-Smith, a television comedy writer. “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.”
If this is successful, it could extend to other classics such as 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre'.