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'Pride and Prejudice' and Rob Zombie?

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Prideprejudicezombies_lEarlier this year I spoke to author Seth Grahame-Smith about his then about-to-be-published horror novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which mashes up Jane Austen’s classic book with the walking dead genre. To be honest, I thought this was something that people would be more interested in reading about than actually reading. I was wrong. PaPaZ currently sits in third place on the New York Times bestseller list and, given Hollywood’s continuing love affair with zombies, it is now surely just a matter of time before the novel is turned into a film. But who should direct? My suggestion is metal overlord-turned-horror auteur Rob Zombie (and not just so I could write the headline “Pride and Prejudice and Rob Zombie?”). I have my problems with Mr Zombie’s filmography and found his 2005 movie Devil’s Rejects to be a pretty disgusting celebration of serial killers. But he does know how to scare the hell out of people and is an absolute film nut who, as I know from personal experience, is as happy chatting about the cinematography in Stanley Kubrick’s costume drama Barry Lyndon as he is the amount of fake blood they used in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I think he could bring to life the world of Austen—and then, of course, drench it in buckets of gore. Plus, a Zombie-directed PaPaZ would allow for a soundtrack that further mashed-up different genres by featuring lyrics about upper class tea parties and slavering zombies, and industrial rock.

Does that sound like a good idea to you?

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