Sony and Nora Ephron have found a new project to collaborate on: The “Julie and Julia” helmer is attached to direct “Lost in Austen,” a modern take on “Pride and Prejudice.”
Ephron is writing the script and Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris are producing through their Neal Street Prods. banner.
Pic is based on a 2008 ITV miniseries scripted by Guy Andrews. The story follows a modern Gotham girl transported into the middle of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”
Andrea Giannetti and Hannah Minghella will oversee for the studio.
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” wasn’t a huge hit for ITV but it was well-received by critics — The Independent called it “Pert, warm and funny.” It did have some star power, with Gemma Arterton playing the role of Elisabeth Bennett.
Ephron and Mendes are repped by CAA.