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 Passes Away at the Age of 71

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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.

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.

Reese Witherspoon to Play Peggy Lee in Biopic Scripted/Directed by Nora Ephron

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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.

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