They seriously cannot get any support for this movie. Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, and Mia Wasikowska have turned down roles. They can't get a director to stick to the project either.
I loved the book but I think after being rejected this many times and having so many things go wrong before it's even fully in pre-production is a sign that this shouldn't happen. At least not yet. In my opinion, the project should be nixed for now. It's obviously not the right time, especially with other zombie-themed shows/books doing so well (especially The Walking Dead). Not to mention Seth Grahame-Smith already has a movie based off one of his books in production, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Filming for that started in March and it even has Tim Burton on as a producer.
It just appears that Seth and Lionsgate just can't have it all, even with Natalie Portman sticking on as a producer. This is just an epic fail so far.
The past seven days
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