LOST IN AUSTEN Finds Carrie Brownstein Continuing Nora Ephron’s Work

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I liked a lot of Nora Ephron’s movies and, as praised as she was, I think her voice as a screenwriter is undervalued in today’s landscape of paper-thin romantic comedies (that is when they’re making rom-coms at all, the genre is temporarily on the wane).  Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle were all quite good and had a strong authorial voice.  While something like Heartburn might lack the polish of her later work, it’s a commendably raw bit of semi-autobiographical commercial writing.

So I think it’s good news that an equally independent voice, Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia (and formerly of the amazing band Sleater-Kinney) is tackling some of Ephron’s unfinished work.  Ephron was in the midst of adapting Lost in Austen, a film based on the U.K. TV series, when she died in 2012.  Brownstein is a writer on Portlandia, but this will mark her feature film writing debut.  In the film, “Amanda lives and works in present day Brooklyn, until she suddenly finds herself transported into the fictional world of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.”  Hit the jump for more on Lost in Austen. Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe are producing.

Nora Ephron to Direct LOST IN AUSTEN, a Modern Take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will probably never come together.  But don’t worry, Hollywood will never stop making different versions of Pride and Prejudice.  According to Variety the next one, Lost in Austen, will be directed by Nora Ephron.  The modern take is based on the BBC miniseries of the same name written by Guy Andrews: “The story follows a modern New York girl transported into the middle of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.”

Andrea Giannetti and Hannah Minghella will oversee the project for Sony, who are excited to get back in business with Ephron after their last collaboration Julia & Julia grossed $130 million worldwide.  Ephron is also attached to a Peggy Lee biopic with Reese Witherspoon at the lead.  Watch the trailer for the original Lost in Austen after the jump.

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