In New Movie, Alien Attacks Austen-Era Britain

You can't make this up if you tried: The planned movie Pride and Predator will juxtapose brooding aristocrats with a brutal alien that lands in 1800s-era Britain, attacking residents and leaving them with neither sense nor sensibility.

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This must be why Hollywood calls them creative types. Variety reports there's a movie in the works that combines a novel by Jane Austen and "Aliens." It's called "Pride and Predator."

Bob Mondello is ready to review it, even before it's been shot.

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BOB MONDELLO: I can see it now, Elizabeth Bennet drifting airily about her garden, contemplating her sister's engagement and preparing to write a letter to her friend Charlotte when suddenly, two figures appear.

U: (As Elizabeth Bennet) Mr. Darcy.

MONDELLO: Him, she recognizes, but the other one?

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U: (As Elizabeth Bennet) I did not expect to see you, sir.

MONDELLO: Costumes and carnage, and it appears an actual genre is in the works here. A book has been announced called, "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" - no doubt soon to be a movie - in which Ms. Bennet will be subjected to a little flesh-eating.

U: (As Elizabeth Bennet) The mode of your declaration merely spared me any concern I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.

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MONDELLO: So, for brutality-meets-the-bone-crunching kind and, of course, the 19th century had other ways to scare people - lots of swooning and lace in the "Dracula" story, remember? Which has inspired a novel called "Jane Bites Back," where an undead Jane Austen will try to bleed the folks who read her books, for inspiration.

And though no one's announced it yet, it's hard to imagine the Bronte sisters will be left out. Jane Eyre's moody, blind, one-handed hubby has always had a bit of the ironic monster to him, and who, after all, could resist the werewolf of "Wuthering Heights"?

I'm Bob Mondello.

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