Carrie Brownstein of ‘Portlandia’ to Pen ‘Lost in Austen’ Movie

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Portlandia” star and co-creator Carrie Brownstein has come on board to write a “Lost in Austen” movie, based on the original U.K. series.

It’s the first feature writing project for Brownstein, and one of Nora Ephron’s unfinished works at the time of the screenwriter’s death in 2012.

Columbia Pictures, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions, and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe will produce. Damien Timmer and Michele Buck of Mammoth Screen and Nicolas Brown of Neal Street will executive produce alongside John Middleton, Roy Lee and Joe Drake.

Erin Westerman will oversee for Good Universe.

“Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” said Sam Mendes, producer and partner of Neal Street.

In the series, a woman who lives and works in present day Brooklyn suddenly finds herself transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

Brownstein will next appear in Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” for Amazon and Todd Haynes’ “Carol” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated Brownstein’s deal on behalf of the producers. Brownstein is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn.

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  1. Lost in Austen, the British TV mini-series starring Jemima Rooper (Amanda Price from modern-day London area), Elliot Cowan (P&P-era Darcy), Alex Kingston and Hugh Bonneville, is one of my all-time favorite shows. It is a very well made story, and I have been waiting for literally years now for a sequel done in the same high quality. While a movie of the original story line is always appreciated, let’s move on to a continuation of the story line! It’s now been a little over a year since this article first appeared, what is the current status of this project?

  2. Stefopolis says:

    They should get Keri Russell to play the main star. Wait, WHOOPS! She was already in that movie.

    • Eriberri says:

      It’s not the same movie. Keri Russel was in Austenland which is basically ‘the pride and prejudice experience’ (and very crap), but Lost in Austen (which was already made into a mini-series starring Jamima Rooper) is about a modern-day P&P-fan who steps through a hidden door in a her house and finds herself in the actual world of P&P. The mini-series was quite well done too; I hope the movie does it justice and they pick the right actor to play Mr Darcy. <3

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