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The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombified take on Jane Austen's classic novel is showing signs of life again. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," following Elizabeth Bennet as she copes with life and love and the undead, has changed hands a few times. David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie were all rumored to direct at one point. Russell wrote the screenplay, and Natalie Portman was rumored to star in the film, but last we heard, Portman is now producing under her Handsomecharlie Films banner.
The latest rumor involves "Igby Goes Down" director Burr Steers and "Mirror Mirror" actress Lily Collins. The star is currently in negotiations for the role, which we hope goes well since it seems like a match made for zombified England. What do you think?
When it rains, it pours. Or at least such is the case with "Star Trek 2" rumors.
After months of silence on the upcoming sequel, a whole slew of production details -- including a shooting start date -- hit the web earlier this week. Now comes a juicy new plot rumor from Think McFly Think that the Klingons will play a prominent role in the sequel as a nomadic set of warriors causing trouble for the Federation while fighting off Tribbles. (Yes, Tribbles!) Also, they say there won't be any Khan in this flick. Of course, none of this has been confirmed by J.J. Abrams' camp, so you can either take it or leave it.
Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!
Tucker and Dale are gearing up to fight evil, but thankfully they've got some help from comic book artist Tony Moore. The "Walking Dead" co-creator supplied this fantastic poster for "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil," which debuted exclusively over at our brother blog Splash Page earlier today. Click the teaser below to see the full poster:
Sink your teeth into the rest of this week's horror news after the jump!
Well that hope was short-lived. Emma Stone is, in fact, not starring in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies."
Though on Thursday it was reported that Stone was circling the lead for the flick, Deadline has learned that she has decided to pass on the project. That still leaves the film without a lead -- or any -- actress, but hopefully we will hear some casting news soon.
In the casting news after the jump, find out which "Hangover" star is getting his own film, what new movie Liam Hemsworth is starring in, and who the latest actors are to join "Snow White and the Huntsman."
"Django Unchained" has finally found its leading man, and it isn't Will Smith.
Jamie Foxx has landed the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Western, Deadline reports, joining a cast that (supposedly) includes Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson. It's Foxx's first Tarantino film, and judging by his ability to poke fun at himself in recent years (we're looking at you, "Horrible Bosses"), it actually sounds like a really good match.
After the jump, find out the latest actress contemplating starring in "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies," who is joining the cast of "Lone Ranger" and the role Warren Beatty will be playing in his return to film.
The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's popular novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has had its fair share of fits and starts, what with initial lead actress Natalie Portman and director Mike White signing on and then signing off recently.
Fans of the book-to-screen adaptation had their faith renewed with "Fright Night" and "Lars and the Real Girl" director Craig Gillespie stepping into White's vacated seat back in February, but we haven't heard much more about the project, until yesterday at MTV's Sneak Peek Week screening of "Fright Night," when, during the Q&A session that followed the viewing, Gillespie offered a few thoughts on his next project.
"It stays very true to the classic Pride and Prejudice," Gillespie said of Grahame-Smith's spin on Jane Austen's beloved classic. "And it's set in that period, then of course there's zombies."
Don't worry, people: Todd Phillips does not endorse cigarette smoking for simians.
The Internet was abuzz yesterday with word that Phillips had apparently gotten Crystal the monkey addicted to smoking on the set of "The Hangover: Part II," but today he clarified to MovieLine that that is not, in fact, the case. "That was a joke. I make comedies," he said in a statement. "If you read the story, it doesn’t even make sense. 'On the set of her new film, she won’t stop smoking cigarettes'. Umm. Really? Maybe just take them away from her. Or at least take her money away so she can’t buy them any longer." At least he's taking it in good stride, saying that the headline "PETA pissed after Todd Phillips gets 'Hangover 2' monkey addicted to cigarettes" is "one for the office wall."
After the jump, find out which director has picked up "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," what Matt Reeves' next project will be and whether or not Sylvester Stallone is directing "The Expendables 2."
With two "Snow White" movies coming out that feature two increasingly appealing casts it's going to be really difficult to decide which is the fairest of them all.
Case in point: Hugh Jackman is being eyed for "Snow White and the Huntsman" (if you're keeping tabs, that's the one with Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, not the "Brothers Grimm" one starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins.)
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures has made an offer to Jackman for the Huntsman in question. The part was once intended for Viggo Mortensen, but he has since dropped out. Plus, since Jackman looks like, as Liz Lemon would put it, "a damn Disney prince," this casting would be nothing short of inspired. But will the star actually sign on? As Deadline noted not only would the star get a hefty paycheck, but he's also pretty busy trying to find a replacement director for "The Wolverine."
After the jump check out the rest of today's most notable news from the movie world, including the MPAA pulling "The Hangover: Part II" trailer from theaters, "Tron Legacy 2" gets a green light, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" gets a director, "When Harry Met Sally" meets the undead for Funny Or Die, and Meg Ryan is set to make her directorial debut.
Wolverine has a remarkably gifted healing factor, but can "The Wolverine" recover from its latest wound?
Splash Page reports that Darren Aronofsky is parting ways with the film due to a lengthy production schedule that would have kept him out of the United States for nearly a year. Fox and leading man Hugh Jackman have pledged to aggressively seek a new director. We hope that Aronofsky's vision stays with the project despite the shift in leadership, much like Guillermo del Toro's work has stayed with "The Hobbit."
There's more movie news after the jump -- a "Firefly" star has joined "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Stifler is feasting on "American Pie" and Joseph Kosinski's latest flick has succumbed to "Oblivion."
It was a very sad day indeed when director Mike White said he was backing out of the intended adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," especially since that meant it left the horror comedy spoof without an Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Darcy or a man behind the camera.
But all that might be resolved soon, as Vulture is reporting that "Lars and the Real Girl" director Craig Gillespie is headed to the helm. Deadline adds to the report, saying it's not a done deal yet, but the "Fright Night" filmmaker is supposedly the front runner for the job.
After David O. Russell passed on the film in favor of adapting "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune," the first three directors shortlisted for the film back in November -- White, Neil Marshall and Jeffery Blitz -- all seemed a bit out of place on the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's parody novel. At least White dropping out of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" had the silver lining of the well-suited Gillespie possibly coming on board to balance it off.