Marvel's graphic novel edition of "Pride and Prejudice" won't be the only Jane Austen-based work on comic-store shelves when Tony Lee's new project hits shelves March. Last week at Comic-Con, Del Rey and Random House announced the "Doctor Who" comics writer as their recruit to adapt "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" to graphic novel form as well. Lee will be taking the assignment very seriously.
"It's a tough adaptation, because even though you think it's great because it's 'Pride and Prejudice' with zombies, but it's still 'Pride and Prejudice,' the writer told MTV News. "It's a very deep book full of scenes with women discussing marriage."
The story Lee will be scripting comes from author Seth Grahame-Smith who earlier this year published his zombie-infused parody edition of Jane Austen's classic as a prose novel through Quirk Books. The comics writer will be joined by former "Buffy the Vampire" artist Cliff Richards.
"I'm getting sort of well-known in the UK for doing book adaptations, Anthony Horowitz novels, etc.," Lee explained.
He estimated that the book will end up at about 160 pages -- but while he feels the pressure of handling classic literature with rabid fan-base for the large assignment, he's also eager to integrate Grahame-Smith's material as well.
"But again, there’s Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters running around Hertfordshire shooting zombies in the face, setting fire to them, hacking them down with daggers," Lee noted. "Mr. Darcy takes down zombies in the cellar of Netherfield… It's fun."
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