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Elton John to exec produce 'Pride and Predator'

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Knightleypredator_lElton John’s Rocket Pictures will produce a film called Pride and Predator. “It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-deathJane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of acostume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect,” his Rocket partner David Furnish tells Variety.

I agree with the “fresh and funny” part. It sounds very Shaun of the Dead, which I like. (And I momentarily forgot about the upcoming novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.) It’s the “done-to-death Jane Austen genre” that I have a problem with. There was a time when I would’ve agreed with Furnish — like, when I first saw the trailer for 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, laughed to myself, and thought, Really? But then I saw the film, which went on to earn four Oscar nominations (including a Best Actress nod for Keira Knightley) and loved it. (I credit Donald Sutherland as much as Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen — wasn’t he just lovely as Mr. Bennet?) Now I know that if another Austen adapation is done well, I will watch it in theaters. And again when it plays on Oxygen. Who’s with me?

More on Jane Austen and asking when enough is enough:
‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is SO getting added to my Amazon wishlist
Jane Austen: The Fanvid Madness
14 Movie Franchises We Think Should Stop

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