The film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Jane Austen-George Romero mashup novel used to be a hot property, with some of Hollywood's hottest directors vying to shoot it and every young actress hungry to star. But now, with the latest filmmaker backing away, it seems like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is cursed.
As Fright Night director Craig Gillespie bails on the story of Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy and the hordes of undead that roam the 19th-century countryside, he joins an impressive list of filmmakers who either flirted with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and passed or actually signed on and then signed off: David O. Russell, Jonathan Demme, Mike Newell, Matt Reeves, Neil Marshall, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Mike White.
This comes on the heels of Green Lantern's Blake Lively deciding to dodge the lead role, much in the same way that Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Natalie Portman did.
Given the television success of The Walking Dead and the enduring appeal of Austen's romantic masterpiece, this seemed like a slam dunk. But this much stink can't be a good sign.