Feb 18

We just got an indirect tip from one of the few insiders who’s read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that Jane Austen’s original Pride and Prejudice text is unabridged with “maybe a few alterations”, and the incorporation of the zombie story is “absolutely amazing”. For many horror, fantasy, and sci-fi fans, this is going to be the first time they’ve read Jane Austen at all.

It’s been an ongoing trend to adapt Jane Austen stories, and especially Pride and Prejudice, to new settings (including Bollywood), to write sequels and new versions of the story from other points of view (like the Fitzwilliam Darcy Gentleman series), and even to add a modern sci-fi twist (as in Lost in Austen). But none of these stories reuse all of the original Austen text with little rewriting, as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is said to do. It’s gutsy — and I can’t wait to read it.

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Feb 16

Dead Noon is a remake of the classic Western, High Noon, where the good guys have automatic weapons and the bad guys are undead minions of Hell. You get a vague steampunk vibe watching the trailer, tacked onto the usual B-horror camp, T&A, and not-so-special effects.

Dead Noon was released straight to DVD earlier this month. If you want to hear more about how the film was made, check out this interview with Director Andrew Wiest, a guy who really knows his way around a bloodbath.

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Feb 16

Hollywood is dying to reach the coveted Jane-Austen-slash-Zombie fan demographic, with studios already fighting for the movie rights to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Other examples of literary classics that have been turned into successful zombie flicks include, according to /film, the 1943 film I Walked with a Zombie, a black-and-white rendition of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

We haven’t seen I Walked with a Zombie yet, but we Netflixed the DVD … so stay tuned if you want to hear more about it.

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