Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Random: Pride and Predator

It's probably pretty safe to say that Jane Austen and the heroines she created were no match for Ellen Ripley. They may be masters of social decorum, but etiquette will not help them when vicious 8-foot creatures crash into their manor houses. In a game of Who Would Win in a Cage Match, i would usually think it a safe bet to argue that 19th century English ladies would be fucked over properly during an alien invasion...

...However, soon, we'll be finding out for sure. The Guardian is reporting that Elton John's production company (yeah, who knew?) Rocket Pictures is developing a movie i wish i'd thought of first. That's right, ladies & gents, get ready for Pride & Predator, directed by some sort of unheard of genius named Will Clark (he made the short The Amazing Trousers).

The concept seems to be exactly as you would expect. Monsters invade from space. Austen-y ladies take up arms. Hell yes.

Producer David Furnish had this to say: "It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre by literally dropping this alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect," [SOURCE]

While there's no word on whether or not the film will actually feature Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy fending off aliens with pitchforks and revolvers, i'm fully behind that, and advocate an alteration of the novel's opening line to "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a .50 caliber rifle and Carl Weathers."

I somehow doubt that the film will make use of the actual Predator monster, but I wholeheartedly approve if it does. Who knows? Predators are humanoid, and while they would certainly do their share of hunting and flaying, perhaps a proper English welcome could turn them to the other side.

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