Variety are reporting that Julie and Julia director and writer, Nora Ephron is collaborating with Sony Pictures to direct a big screen adaptation of ITV’s four-part 2008 fantasy adaptation, Lost in Austen which is itself an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.
The original Lost in Austen was written by Guy Andrews who has also written for ITV’s Poirot. Lost In Austen follows a modern girl (Jemima Rooper) transported into the middle of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice via a portal in her bathroom.
The project is a good fit for Sony, known for staying in business with its most successful talent: Julie and Julia brought in more than $125 million in worldwide box office with Meryl Streep earning a best actress Oscar nom.
Ephron made her mark penning and then helming original material, but in recent years she’s brought her own spin to adapted material, including a Bewitched remake in 2005.
Lost in Austen was not the huge hit that ITV were expecting but it was well-received by critics; The Independent called it “Pert, warm and funny,” and In December 2009 it was placed at 48 in the ‘Top 50 TV Shows of the Noughties’, a list published in the The Times. It also starred Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace & Tamara Drew) playing the role of Elisabeth Bennett.