Following the recent announcement that author and writer Seth Grahame-Smith would be taking on DC and Warner Bros.’ Flash standalone film, the first trailer for the latest adaptation of his work, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has been released online and gives fans their first look at the movie’s tone and visual style. Grahame-Smith has become well-known for his mash-up work with Zombies as well as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the writer has shown a pretty clever and quirky ability to combine two completely different tones and stories, into one in an exciting way.
While I’m still not 100% sold on him directing The Flash, it looks like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might just be the movie of early next year where people can go and have one hell of a fun time. The movie itself looks like a pretty faithful and loving adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s original parody novel as well, but considering the past failed attempts at adapting his writing before, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies might have more going against it than for it at this point.
You can check out the trailer below, which accurately mixes the film’s Jane Austen roots with its zany, zombie-killing in a pretty ingenious way:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is a fresh twist on Jane Austen’s widely celebrated novel. A mysterious plague has fallen upon 19th century England, the land is overrun with the undead and feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a master of martial arts and weaponry. Casting aside personal and social prejudices, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy must unite on the blood-soaked battlefield to rid the country of the zombie menace and discover their true love for one another.”
What might have been the most refreshing thing about this trailer was how much it genuinely didn’t take itself seriously. The cast for the movie is comprised of some solid, and talented young actors and actresses in the industry today, with the women looking like they’re having a ball of time killing zombies while dressed in 19th century attire. Although now that I think about it, who wouldn’t have fun doing that?
It’ll be interesting to see just how well the film actually does as an adaptation. The trailer makes it look like it’s having a lot of fun with itself, but it’ll have to be careful not to cross a line into absolute absurdity, when the fun just becomes annoying. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – the other film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s work – ended up disappointing more people than it excited , and I’m curious to see how well Pride and Prejudice and Zombies stacks up against it.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is set to be released on February 5th, 2016.
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