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Nora Ephron Taking British Mini-Series 'Lost in Austen' to Big Screen

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October 10, 2011
Source: Variety

Lost in Austen

Despite having films in her past like Lucky Numbers and Bewitched, director Nora Ephron has proven that when she gets a film right, she knocks it out of the park as when she helmed Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, not to mention writing my favorite romantic comedy of all-time When Harry Met Sally. Now Ephron is venturing into familiar territory, at least in the genre that she's used to working, as Variety reports the filmmaker is attached to direct a big screen adaptation of Lost in Austen, a British mini-series which is essentially a modern, time-traveling take on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice.

The original series starred Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) and here's the official synopsis:

Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, she is propelled into the scheming 19th century world of Pride and Prejudice while that book's Elizabeth Bennet is hurled into hers. As the book's familiar plot unfolds, Amanda triggers new romantic twists and turns within the Bennet family circle as she clumsily tries to help the sisters nab husbands and even captivates the tantalizing Mr. Darcy herself. But what about Elizabeth…and what will become of one of the world's greatest love stories?

Sounds like the same romantic fare we've come to expect from Ephron, and since so many girls and women alike seem to be smitten by Austen's classic literature, especially Mr. Darcy, I'm sure this will hit all the right demographics that usually show up for these kinds of tales. Ephron will adapt the TV series to film herself and director Sam Mendes is producing through his Neal Street Productions banner with Pippa Harris. Only recently did I realize that Ephron had just turned 70, so she's been in this romantic comedy game for awhile, and even though she's missed a couple times, she clearly knows what she's doing.

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  • Lebowski
    What an awful premise. Yes, let's piss all over the plot than drove what is probably the most successful romance novel in history. Retards. 
    • Anonymous
      i'd totally agree with you if i hadn't seen some of the mini-series and found it to be good natured and surprisingly ok. think 'Life on Mars' crossed with Jane Austen. despite what the premise sounds like, the original story was treated fairly reverently. everyone involved genuinely seemed to understand and respect Austen, performed well, and were clearly having fun. whether it needs a remake via a Nora Ephron syrup overdose is another matter.

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