Jane Austen wasn't just on Masterpiece Theater this month, but on every horror, sci-fi, and film site. First came news that Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was in the middle of a fierce Hollywood bidding war. Austen fans barely had time to rant or rejoice before Sir Elton John announced he'd be bringing aliens to Meryton with Pride and Predator.

If you were wondering whether the similarities were coincidental or not, Entertainment Weekly has the answer. They caught up with Graham-Smith, who explained how we ended up with two horror revamps. "After I had turned in the book, I was having a meeting with someone and described Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and he said, 'You know, I think there's a script out there called Pride and Predator.' It had been languishing in development for years or something. And then, of course, we're all excited about the heat and the Internet buzz about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and, lo and behold, Sir Elton swoops in. But I don't feel it lessens our chances. For every Dante's Peak there's a Volcano. For every Step Up there's a Stomp the Yard. I say the more mangling of literary classics the merrier." Grahame-Smith also assures us the two scripts couldn't be more different. Zombies tries hard to mimic Austen's style and social conventions as the "unmentionable menace" looms over England. "In theirs an alien crash lands and starts picking people off. In ours, there's this zombie onslaught that's been going on for years and Elizabeth Bennet has spent her whole life training to become a highly efficient killer of the undead, as has Darcy. It's more about a love story between two headstrong independent zombie slayers"

I have to say, it's that angle that has me rooting for Zombies over Predator -- if there's one romantic heroine who wouldn't fear the undead, it's Elizabeth Benett ... and Darcy would be just the man to love her for it.
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