Nora Ephron Gets Lost in Austen


First reported for a big screen remake over two years ago, Lost In Austen now has a director. Variety reports that Nora Ephron will helm the high concept take on on “Pride & Prejudice.”

Based on the British miniseries of the same name, the film will center on Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, who lives in present day New York with her boyfriend until she suddenly finds she’s swapped places with Austen’s fictional creation, Elizabeth Bennet.

The show’s original writer, Guy Andrews, penned the initial screenplay, which Ephron is now rewriting. Sam Mendes remains aboard as producer alongside Pippa Haris.

The original four-part series starred Jemima Rooper and Gemma Arterton and aired on ITV in the U.K. in September.

Ephron is best known for romantic comedies like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Most recently, she directed Julie & Julia for Columbia Pictures, which is also set to release Austen.

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