Journalist-turned-screenwriter Nora Ephron passed away today at the age of 71 after a long battle with leukemia. Ephron came from a family of writers – both of her parents where Hollywood screenwriters, whose careers inspired two of her sisters in addition to her own.
Though her personal life was turbulent (she was married three times, the second time to Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame), it sometimes served as the basis of her art, such as the subject matter of her 1983 novel Heartburn. But she’s certainly best known for her movies, and her mark on Hollywood and romantic comedies (and Meg Ryan‘s career) cannot be overstated. Our heartfelt condolences go out to fans, friends and family of Nora Ephron. For more of Ephron’s life and a few of her most memorable films, hit the jump.
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.
The last time Reese Witherspoon brought the life of an iconic female singer to the screen — playing June Carter in 2005′s Walk the Line — she was rewarded with an Oscar. Sensible, then, that Witherspoon has signed on to produce and star in a biopic centered around jazz/pop singer Peggy Lee. Witherspoon is reportedly the driving force behind the Fox 2000 project: the actress secured the rights to Lee’s story, pitched the idea to her former Legally Blonde producer Marc Platt, then sought the services of writer/director Nora Ephron (Julie & Julia).
As Ephron is fan of Lee’s work, she agreed to pen the script and is attached to direct. Hit the jump for background information on Lee’s career.