That Pride and Prejudice and Zombies flick FINALLY escapes development hell

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Feb 3, 2014, 12:39 PM EST

A film version of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been bouncing around development hell for a few years now, and it sounds like it might finally be back on track.

After the relative failure of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, it looked like this Grahame-Smith adaptation might be dead. But, much like the zombies of the story, it just won’t stay dead. Dread Central is reporting that additional casting news will be coming soon and that the film could be in front of cameras within the next few months.

The working screenplay was written by David O. Russell (Three Kings, American Hustle), and the project will reportedly be directed by Burr Steers (17 Again). Lovely young actress Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) is attached to star.

As for what the film is about? Here’s an excerpt from the book’s mashup synopsis:

An expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. 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. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry?

Are you glad to hear this one might finally happen?

(Via Dread Central)