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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pride and Predator

NPR's Bob Mondello has a short, funny piece on Variety's announcement of a new film project, Pride and Predator, an alien-meets-Austen hybrid. Awesome.

I suppose this could fall roughly in the steampunk category of sci-fi and fantasy in a past era and genre style. The Alan Moore-Kevin O'Neill graphic novel The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the Tom Baker Doctor Who episode "The Talons of Weng Chiang" are good examples, but Pride and Predator might well go more the Monty Python, Bubba Ho-tep (Elvis versus the Mummy) or Snakes on a Plane route. (And don't forget Jane Austen's Mafia!)

In any case, I've mocked up a poster:

(Click for a larger view.)

Update: Bob Mondello was kind enough to pass on the link to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - "The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!"

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans.

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles
Well, that's hard to top.

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