Natalie Portman to star in, produce ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’; movie of best-selling book
www.nydailynews.com: Natalie Portman is taking on zombies – and Jane Austen.Portman is set to star in and produce a film based on the best-selling book, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” reports Variety.com.The mash-up book by Seth Grahame-Smith revisits Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice,” adding flesh-eating zombies and taking other significant liberties with the plot. The book was published in April 2009 by Quirk Books, a company known for taking public domain novels and blending them with fanboy favorites and pop-culture elements, like zombies, ninjas and sea monsters.Portman, who stars in the film “Brothers,” currently in theaters, will play the leading character, feisty Elizabeth Bennet. The film will be directed by Richard Kelly and produced by Dark Films and Handsome Charlie films, Natalie Portman’s own company. Recently, Dark Films has released, “The Box,” “World’s Greatest Dad,” and “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.”
Four sci-fi films that could become the next Paranormal Reality
scifiwire.com: If you find yourself in Park City, Utah, the week of Jan. 21-28, 2010, and you’re not interested in any of Sundance Film Festival’s “finding love against all odds” flicks, head across the street to the other indie film festival, running concurrently: Slamdance.
While there are plenty of non-science-fiction films and documentaries among the 10 narrative and eight documentary films culled from over 5,000 submissions, these are the four that stood out as the SF highlights (at least from their trailers and/or descriptions).
Paranormal Activity (screened at Slamdance) cost $15,000 and raked in $100 million at the domestic box office. Will any of these films take the baton and become the next Big Thing?
Synopsis: An expedition looks for answers to something horrible in the forest, but the forest finds something horrible in them. Directed by Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton; stars Cassidy Freeman, Lee Wilkof and Anessa Ramsey.
Harry Potter Films Named Favorite Children’s Adaption by UK Poll
www.the-leaky-cauldron.org: The Harry Potter series has been voted Favorite Cinematic Adaptation of Children’s Literature by a recent LOVEFiLM poll. The Telegraph reports tonight that the Harry Potter series came in first place with twenty-five percent of the 1,500 plus respondents saying the book series by author J. K. Rowling was their favorite adaptation. The classic Wizard of Oz film came in at second place, while the Watership Down adaptation rounded out the top three. LOVEFiLM’s Helen Cowley is quoted as saying in regards of the ranking:
“It’s great to see that the classics in our poll such as The Wizard of Oz still capture the imagination of adults and kids alongside newer adaptations such as Harry Potter which continue to keep us spellbound.”
The full list of Favorite Cinematic Adaptation of Children’s Literature is as follows:
Tom Felton Reveals Details On The ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’ Flash-Forward Finale
hollywoodcrush.mtv.com: “Harry Potter” dream boat bad guy Tom Felton stopped by the MTV offices, so of course talk turned quickly to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The shoot is going to be split into two parts, the first to be released in November 2010 and the second and final “Harry Potter” film to be released in July 2011. MTV News’ Tami Katzoff sat down with Tom and asked him for some details involving the novel’s flash-forward postscript.
The decisions to be made in regards to the scene are whether the young actors will play their characters almost two decades into the future a la “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” or whether new older actors will be hired to fill the part.
scifiwire.com:There are serious ass-kickers coming down the pike, and two of them just released new posters. Apple debuted Iron Man 2‘s, featuring Whiplash, and Yahoo Movies released three for Clash of the Titans, with monsters and Sam Worthington.