After Seth Grahame-Smith melded Jane Austen with the undead in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" in 2009, Hollywood immediately attempted to bring the wacky mash-up to the big screen. Four years later, it's no closer to happening, but Panorama Media has come aboard the beleaguered project in an effort to finally put it into production.
Panorama joins Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie, and producer Allison Shearmur on the film. According to a press release, the company will come on to "produce," "finance," and "will handle foreign sales" for the eventual film.
At the moment, there are a bevy of producers involved, so clearly there is some interest in finally producing the film; however, the film still doesn't have a director after cycling through various candidates during the past few years, including Craig Gillespie, Mike White, and David O. Russell, whose script adaptation will still be used for the movie.
The press release indicates that the production team is currently seeking out another directorial candidate, and the film will be marketed at the Cannes Film Festival later this year.
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is just as obvious as its title suggests: it follows Austen's novel but also takes place in an alternate universe where 19th century England was also overrun with the undead. After the concept proved to be a hit, Grahame-Smith resorted to another mash-up in his follow up, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which made it to theaters last summer.
During the past few years, this particular adaptation has been one of Hollywood's most infamous vaporware projects, and it's sort of appropriate that it continues to shamble on and refuse to die. Perhaps this latest attempt will prove to be more charmed, but it seems more likely that an actual zombie apocalypse will occur before this film ever shuffles its way onto a theater screen.