Way back in the dark ages of the P&P&Z film publicity rumor mill (2009), a bidding war was announced for a film based on the book. Then Natalie Portman signed on to play Elizabeth and co-produce the film. She dropped out as star but would stay on to co-produce. In October 2010, it was announced that P&P&Z was totally dead in the water. Miraculously, Scarlet Johannsen's name (along with Bradley Cooper's) popped up, reviving the film's future. Scarlett must have balked, for in December Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy turned up as the possible new actors. (Or did they?)
|David Russell, director, and Natalie Portman - First Iteration|
|Mike White as the director contender|
|Anne Hathaway, JamesMcavoy, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies|
In 2009 the book everywhere: book stores, novelty stores, toy stores, museum shops (I kid you not) – any place where books were proudly sold. (Although I never saw it in the self-help book section at Lowe's.) Bloggers were sent free copies of each new edition, along with posters and bookmarks, and the like. It seemed for a while that the entire universe was dripping with P&P&Z paraphernalia. Comments like this one - “I am like 100 pages into this book and it is epic” - tempted young males who ordinarily would not have touched a Jane Austen novel with a live taser to purchase P&P&Z in droves.
|Jane Austen Mashups at the 2009/10 Jane Austen exhibit, A Woman's Wit, Morgan Library, NYC|
New books are publicized for only a short time and then they are replaced on the shelf and never heard from again, or they become a best-seller and get restocked until they lose their cache, or they become a classic (and are rarely heard from again except for assignments from high school teachers). But P&P&Z is managing to reinvent a life of its own, spinning off spin-offs and spinning spin. And so my conspiracy theory is this: What if there never was a movie planned? What if this is all this movie hype is just a ploy to keep the buzz around P&P&Z going and keep fans salivating for more? Here's one choice comment from a would-be viewer about the so-called upcoming film:
“[Jane Austen is] the kind of writer that takes a chapter to say what most would say in a paragraph. My god I hate that bitch! LOL. So the idea of watching her characters get brutally munched on by zombies really does it for me!”Witness the caliber of critical thinking skills in that astounding sentence. Jane is surely rolling in her grave.
I can only predict with any certainty that more announcements about this movie will be made. Whether P&P&Z will ever be filmed - now that is the question.
|Gillespie is set to direct...?|