“She was growing used to slippers and empire waists, she felt naked outside without a bonnet, during drawing room evenings her mouth felt natural exploring the kind of words that Austen might’ve written.” – Austenland (novel)
Like many Jane Austen fans, I sat on the edge of my seat awaiting Austenland to arrive on our screens. And then I quickly started reading the very negative reviews rolling in, and found myself hesitating to watch the film. In fact, by the time I got around to seeing it even friends of mine who only vaguely know who Jane was had seen it. Continue reading
A film that “powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart“ – Official synopsis
It is Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in the 1800s and directed by Joe Wright… but it’s not Pride and Prejudice. Don’t fear, if you loved the 2005 Pride and Prejudice adaptation, then you’ll most likely love this as the Jane Austen and Regency literature connections are never ending.
“Each of us has a private Austen.”- Karen Joy Fowler (page 1, Prologue)
The Jane Austen Book Club is one of the few books I’ve seen the film version of first. I have been hesitant to read it, as I had heard that it was distinctly different from the film, but when I saw it on the shelves of Basement Books (yet again) for $5.95, I couldn’t help but buy it for the train. It surprised me, in a number of ways. Firstly, it’s chick lit but it manages to include those subtle Janeite jokes, and secondly, the different storylines blend seamlessly into a delicious little read.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Craig Gillespie directing, David O Russell script
Apparently, Gillespie will be potentially asking Keira Knightley and Colin Firth to do cameos in PPZ. His current intent is said to be to keep the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy as the platform for the film.
There will be “comic relief” he said. Continue reading
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the (hopefully) soon to be started Lionsgate flick, has undergone a turbulent year of different directors, rumours and actors in-and-out. So, I bring you another potential director Craig Gillespie known mostly for some episodes of that series The United States of Tara (which I disliked) and Oscar-nominated Lars and the Real Girl. He’s also doing the 1985 Fright Night remake that should be hitting the screens in August.
But why has it been so difficult for this venture to find a director? Particularly when it has a high cult following, and is almost guaranteed to make some big numbers at the Box Office? Is it, as frequently suggested, scheduling problems?
(Trailer: Lars and the Real Girl)
School of Rock writer Mike White has apparently been offered the job by Lionsgate to direct Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I’m waiting on confirmation, but web sources are fairly sure). I won’t deny that School Of Rock was an epic movie that I have watched many times (there’s a trailer below if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it before). But this choice has now solidified the film into the ridiculous as far as I am concerned- particularly when considering that Mike White even had a romp around the Zombieland film set.
I’ve been fairly paranoid that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn’t going to make the big screen. Mainly because everyone has been so hush-hush about it, and there has been barely a whisper of news about it for quite a few months if I’m estimating correctly. However, Natalie Portman our potential Lizzy (and by God is she beautiful), has told MTV at a comicon event that filming will most likely begin next year. Continue reading
Was a Rocket Pictures Production inspired by a MARVEL-illustrated joke? Was the idea stolen? Or is it merely a coincidence…?
(Image: Blair Marnell’s concept ‘Pride and Predator’ visualised by Chris Jeffrey, MARVEL comics- Colourist, and John Heebink) Sourced from: SilverBulletComicbooks
What possibly started out as an amusing idea as a prank in 2006 (by Blair Marnell) is being turned into a movie. Yes, that’s right, Pride and Prejudice and PREDATORS. As in those creepy looking things from the Alien vs. Predator movie and so on. Continue reading
The Jane Austen Book Club- Robin Swicord (Based on the book of the same name by Karen Joy Fowler)