February 20th, 2009


Pride and Predator

The other day I found out that the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel was real. I'd seen the cover a while back, of course, but I just thought it was a mock up, so I laughed and didn't think much about it. Fortunately, Lucius Shepard was there to tell me otherwise, and to also add that it was "essentially a rewrite, combining 85% if the original text with new zombie material penned by Grahame-Smith."

We joked around in the comments after that, making jokes on what kind of Austen like flick or movie you could have. I thought the Austin mix of Predator or Aliens would be good--I mean, who couldn't see it? All them tea settings, the aliens sitting round, being taught manners, and asked who'd they would like to marry?

Well, seems I wasn't the only one:

Elton John's Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends.

Will Clark is set to direct "Pride and Predator," which veers from the traditional period costume drama when an alien crash lands and begins to butcher the mannered protags, who suddenly have more than marriage and inheritance to worry about.

Shooting will begin in London later this year. John exec produces, and his Rocket partners Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing.

Clark, who directed award-winning short "The Amazing Trousers," wrote the script with Andrew Kemble and John Pape.

"It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect," Furnish said.

John will supervise the music, as he does in each Rocket-produced film.

The company is in production on the CG-animated "Gnomeo and Juliet" for Miramax/Disney; James McAvoy and Emily Blunt voice the title characters. Rocket is also behind the Sundance series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With ..."

I can only hope that Elton John himself provides a soundtrack, or, at the very least, sings the circle of life song from the Lion King in the credits.