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.