A Conversation With Seth Grahame-Smith and Jake Marcionette

In the second episode of season two of Monkeys Fighting Robots, your host Matthew Sardo talks with Seth Grahame-Smith the creator of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,’ and Jake Marcionette, the youngest author to hit the New York Times Bestseller list with his book ‘Just Jake.’

About Seth Grahame‐Smith

Seth Grahame‐Smith is a three-time New York Times bestselling author and a screenwriter, producer and director of film & television.

In 2009, Seth’s novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list, single-handedly kicking off the “mash-up” craze. It’s since sold over two million copies and been translated into more than twenty languages and been adapted into a film.

In 2010, Seth co-created & produced MTV’s first live-action comedy, ‘The Hard Times of R.J. Berger,’ which ran for two seasons. That same year his second novel, ‘Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,’ debuted at #4 on the Times list, also going on to sell more than two million copies. Tim Burton purchased the film rights to Lincoln and hired Seth to adapt it for the big screen. Seth’s screenplay was selected to the Black List in 2011. Warner Brothers bought the film rights to Seth’s third straight New York Times bestseller ‘Unholy Night.’ He’s producing the film with David Heyman (the Harry Potterseries).

Seth wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows,’ and is writing and producing a sequel to Burton’s 1988 classic Beetlejuice. He also recently wrote the screenplay for ‘The LEGO Batman Movie,’ a follow-up to the worldwide hit ‘The LEGO Movie.’

As a producer, Seth is overseeing film adaptations of Stephen King’s ‘IT,’ a feature-length version of the viral sensation ‘Kung Fury,’ the hit video game Five Nights at Freddy’s and the beloved young adult novel ‘The Scorpio Races.’ Seth is also producing ‘Lego: Ninjago’ and preparing a new film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ for Disney

About Jake Marcionette

Jake Marcionette is the youngest fiction author to ever become a New York Times Bestseller at just 12 years old with his debut Young Adult Novel, ‘Just Jake,’ which has sold millions of copies.

Now at 15 years old, Jake is again proving himself as a force of nature with his third Just Jake book, ‘Just Jake 3: Camp Wild Survival,’ available everywhere now.

When he isn’t writing bestselling books, Jake travels the country speaking to schools about writing and goal-setting. He also gives motivational talks to students around the world via Skype, helping his peers deal with being bullied, being the new kid in school, basically all the trials and tribulations of growing up. There really isn’t anyone quite like Jake!

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.