Oct 11 2011 2:54pm

Nora Ephron Hops Aboard the Jane Train with Lost in Austen

Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron and Sony have signed up to bring us a feature film of Lost in Austen, according to Variety.  This will be based on the ITV mini-series of the same name and plot that aired in the UK in 2008.

This project is slightly different from the two books just announced: Joanna Trollope’s reimagining of Sense and Sensibility as a contemporary novel and P. D. James’s mystery with Darcy and Elizabeth investigating Mr. Wickham’s murder

And it’s different from the upcoming film, Austenland,  which takes place in a Jane Austenish retreat (sort of like a vacation at Regency House Party).

This story is a time travel/character travel/book travel sort of plot: A contemporary woman finds herself in Lizzy Bennet’s shoes—and who wouldn’t want to be there (other than that  hygiene, medicine, dental care, employment thing)? After all—Fitzwilliam Darcy, if you know what I mean.

The mini-series had its high points, among which I include Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Bennet. It’s a fun concept, and it will be fun to follow the discussion among Janeites and watch who will be cast as Mr Darcy (who is the one we all care about, after all).

And I say, “Why not? Hop on board, Nora. There’s plenty of room on the Jane Train.” 


Myretta is the co-founder and current manager of The Republic of Pemberley, a pretty big Jane Austen web site. She is also a writer of Historical Romance. You can find her at her website, www.myrettarobens.com and on Twitter @Myretta.

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Louise Partain
1. Louise321
Wow, Nora Ephron is a coup for any project! I am such a fan. I've seen some of the YouTube scenes from the ITV miniseries and I think it's going to be hard to top the acting in the mini series. That said, if the casting is right, this could be really interesting.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I was so sceptical of this miniseries, and ended up finding it delightful. I would guess if anyone could redo it well, it'd be Nora Ephron. Still sceptical, but willing to give it a try.
liz fielding
3. liz fielding
Anything made by Nora Ephron!
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