Lily Collins Reanimates 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

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After it lost not one, not two, but three directors in a row, the film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zany "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" seemed, well, dead.

But it was right there in the title the whole time, you see. "Zombies." Zombies don't die. And neither will this movie.

Lily Collins, who'll soon be seen slaying other things that go bump in the night in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," has now signed on to lead the pic.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "PPZ" has also scored itself a new director in Burr Steers (you might know him from his pair of Zac Efron charmers "17 Again" and "Charlie St. Cloud") and will be shopped at Cannes.

It's allliiiiiive!

For the uninitiated, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is a parody novel which mashes up, duh, Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" with zombies. The quirky take places the Bennet sisters in a countryside estate surrounded by the walking dead, while young Elizabeth and the handsome Mr. Darcy hate-flirt it up.

The bones of the story are pretty much a clinical match-up with the classic version except that the way a guy shows his affection in the new take involves splintering a reanimated carcass' head in two before it gets a nip at her neck rather than, say, jewelry.

So, what sayeth the interwebs about young Collins for the role?

@bestforfilm - "Lily 'Abduction' Collins is starring in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, because literally nobody else wants to."

@potterhost - "LILY COLLINS AS ELIZABETH BENNET IN PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIE ASDFGHJKL *DEAD*"

@sowagrapes - "Individually, two of my favorite things. Combined? No. Not like this"

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