Zombies have clearly jumped the shark, but Jane Austen, Natalie Portman, and a huge Hollywood budget will surely make them hip again. Portman has signed on to star in and produce the film adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smith and poor Jane Austen, who never saw any of it coming. From Variety.com:
Described as an expanded version of the Austen classic, the book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who is distracted from her quest to eradicate the zombie menace by the arrival of the arrogant Mr. Darcy. Darko just released “The Box,” “World’s Greatest Dad” and “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.”
Total chick flick.