Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and Game Of Thrones‘ Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the cast. The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcoate, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse.
Screen Gems seems a strong match for this literary mash-up that begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England, and is complicated by a full-on outbreak of zombies. That plot embellishment escaped Austen but was added by Seth Grahame-Smith, and it probably would have propelled me to actually finish Austen’s book had she thought of it in the first place. Latest script is by Steers.
The picture has been put together by Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity and Lauren Selig. Along with the Screen Gems deal, they’ve sold Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sierra/Affinity is selling other international territories.
The film is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm and Sue Baden Powell. CAA packaged this one and brokered the deal.