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Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Their Female Lead

Good news for those of you looking forward to Pride And Prejudice And Zombies–they’ve just extended the female lead role to no less than Blake Lively. Will she take it? No one’s quite sure yet, but either way, it’s going to provide at least one prime terror hottie slot to someone.

Interestingly, the chair has already been pulled out for several others, but no one would sit down: Emma Stone, Mia Wasikowska, Scarlett Johannson, even Natalie Portman–who’s already a producer on this one–all have been mentioned, but none of them is taking the job.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is pretty much exactly what the title suggests, the standard Pride And Prejudice plotline with Elizabeth Bennet looking for love. And that all sort of gets derailed when a zombie apocalypse gets fired up.

We don’t often see this sort of thing, so I hope it gets pulled off finally. But no one’s heard much about release dates or shooting starts, so keep it right here for all the latest.

Black Swan Gets The Royal Treatment With Former Amidala

It’s nice to see that Natalie Portman can still get work, and making her a terror hottie is definitely a welcome addition to the steadily growing list.  Today we’re talking Black Swan, it’s all about Natalie Portman as, get this, a ballerina.

Currently compared to stuff like The Others and Suspiria, which makes sense given the plot, Portman’s ballerina finds herself deeply competitive with another dancer as a major performance approaches.  And as strange things start happening around her, she’s left to wonder–is this happening?  Or is it just all in her head?

There’s no word on release dates just yet–raw estimates say that shooting will begin sometime this year, maybe. Eventually.  Or not.  But when it does finally make its way to us, it should be an interesting watch.  It’s definitely unique enough; we don’t see this kind of thing much.  I’m looking forward to it in a limited sort of way.

Dario Argento Spooked By Remakes?

Remember when I was talking about Natalie Portman being involved in the remake for Darío Argento’s Suspiria?  There are some interesting news about that remake that’s gotten me a little well let’s just call it concerned.  Seems that the thought a remake has Darío Argento himself scared—here’s the quote from IFMagazine:

“I’m scared by it, but I hope the [SUSPIRIA remake] director Green, he respects my work and my film. I hope they don’t do is just use the title and change everything.”

Now I never thought I’d find myself agreeing with Dario Argento, but this definitely does.  I’m sick unto death of movies that try to remake an original, and yet come out looking nothing like the original in everything except the name.  If you’re going to remake a film, remake the film itself–don’t abuse the name by attaching it to some project that has absolutely nothing to do with the original excepting minor spots! This is essentially conning the audience into believing they’re going to see a film based on the film they already watched.  This is why I believe Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the dead failed as a film because its relationship to the original Dawn of the dead was minimal at best.

But as long as Natalie Portman is still in it, it should be worth it regardless.

Natalie Portman Goes A Little Giallo

 

Here’s an interesting bit—will we have Natalie Portman to add to the roster of terror hotties coming up, or is this all an advance load?

There is word going around that the former Amidala is in talks to show up in the upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s classic Suspiria.  It’s not so much of a rumor, as the IMDB already has an entry on it with a date of 2010 attached to it, but of course at this stage anything can and might happen between now and then.  In case you haven’t seen Suspiria yet, not hard in this day and age with video stores in the state they’re in, the plot is simple enough—a ballet school is the front for a coven of witches, and a newcomer stumbles on to horrible plans for death and destruction.

Chances are Portman would be in the Suzy Bannion role, and thus the female lead.  I like the thought of Natalie Portman as a terror hottie, and doubtless you do too.