The venerable Marti Noxon discusses two of her upcoming writing projects, the troubled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and the live-action Tinkerbell feature, Tink.
Movies.com: What is going on with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and why do you think it’s such a difficult project to get off the ground?
Marti Noxon: "That’s a really good question and I really can’t say because my experience with Lionsgate was always great. They are committed to doing it and really smart and my experience with Craig [Gillespie] was, again, great. Everybody seemed very pleased with where the script ended up, so it’s really a little baffling. I would say it probably, in my suspicions, has to do with the marketplace. It’s very hard to sell a comedy-horror concept. As much as it’s already pre-sold and popular much in the same way Fright Night was, it’s still a little risky. At the same time, you get a success like Zombieland, but then something will come along that makes people nervous again, so I feel like there’s a little bit of that problem, particularly on the casting side. It’s hard to find an actress who is super hot because they might not be inclined to take a risk on something that has a 70 / 30% chance of working, you know? I think it’s more to do with the marketplace than the logistics of the actual project."
Movies.com: So what is next for you in the film world?
Noxon:" A couple of things. I’m doing a re-write on Elizabeth Banks as Tinkerbell, kind of in the Enchanted world. It’s about her coming to the real world in a non-fairy form. That’s about all I can say about it, but part of my attraction to that was what we were talking about earlier [the aforementioned gender politics].
It’s hard to write or even find a movie for eight- or nine-year-old girls that isn’t about, ya’ know, “I need a boyfriend!” I mean, Tinkerbell has a job! She’s one of the few characters in that fantasy world that actually has a job. I have a seven-year-old daughter and I want more movies for her where afterward I don’t have to make something up like, “You know, the job of running a kingdom is really hard work, and she and the Prince are going to have to communicate a lot...”
Martha Mills "Marti" Noxon (born August 25, 1964) is an American television and film writer first known for writing and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is a mash-up combining Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice with elements of modern zombie fiction, crediting Austen as co-author. It was first published in April 2009 by Quirk Books and in October 2009 a Deluxe Edition was released, containing full-color images and additional zombie scenes.
In May 2010, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel was published by Del Rey / Random House, with acclaimed comic writer Tony Lee adapting the text and art by Cliff Richards.
Elizabeth Banks is set to star in McG's live-action Tinkerbell movie, Tink. The only clues about the story of this film, which McG is producing, are that it's based around Tink's mischievous nature.