Panorama Media announced today they are joining Darko Entertainment, Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur in the production of Seth Grahame-Smith's worldwide best seller Pride, Prejudice and Zombies. The company will come on to produce, finance and will handle foreign sales on the film. Based on the book, the script is written by David O. Russell.
The film will be produced by Darko Entertainment's Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch and Allison Shearmur of Allison Shearmur Productions. It will be executive produced by Darko's Edward H. Hamm Jr., Aleen Keshishian and Panorama's Marc Butan.
The team is currently out to directors, and the film will be packaged for Cannes where Panorama's international sales unit, headed by Kimberly Fox, plans to introduce the title. CAA, which brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, represents the film's domestic distribution rights.
Published by Quirk Books, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies has sold over 1.5 million copies in the US, and has been translated into over two dozen languages.
David O. Russell most recently wrote and directed Silver Linings Playbook, which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. His other credits include The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings, and Flirting with Disaster. His next film, the Untitled David O. Russell Project, stars Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Louis C.K., and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.