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Read It Before They Screen It: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Art of the Heist

The new zombie war is upon us, but this one is over the film rights to what is sure to be the beginning of a new trend -- the "literary mash-up."

Both The Times and the Sydney Herald are declaring a heated bidding-war over who will get to adapt the forthcoming novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Author Seth Grahame-Smith explains how he came up with such a marvelous idea:

"It quickly became obvious that Jane [Austen] had laid down the blueprint for a zombie novel," said Grahame-Smith, a television comedy writer. "Why else in the original should a regiment arrive on Lizzie Bennet's doorstep when they should have been off fighting Napoleon? It was to protect the family from an invasion of brain-eaters, obviously."

The book is scheduled to hit shelves later this Spring, but you can preorder a copy today.

What future "literary mash-ups" should we be looking forward to?

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William Monahan, the screenwriter behind The Departed, has picked up the rights to The Art of the Heist: Confessions of a Master Art Thief, Rock-And-Roller, and Prodigal Son.

Variety reports:

[Coauthor Myles] Connor became an art connoisseur and a rock musician whose band, Myles and the Wild Ones, backed Roy Orbison. He was also an accomplished art and antiques thief who was involved in a series of museum robberies that grabbed headlines in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s.

Monahan is currently in preproduction on his directorial debut of Ken Bruen's mystery/thriller London Boulevard.

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Tavis adds content and edits images for Powells.com. His favorite books are original screenplays, and his favorite movies are based on books. Go figure.

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