Portlandia co-creator and star Carrie Brownstein has been hired to complete the late Nora Ephron’s unfinished adapted script for Lost in Austen.
The story follows Amanda, a modern day Brooklynite, who finds herself transported into the world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The original version appeared as a British miniseries, which aired in 2008.
Ephron — who penned scripts for When Harry Met Sally, Julie & Julia and You’ve Got Mail, among others — died in 2012 after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2006. At the time of her death, she was developing the miniseries into a feature film for Columbia Pictures.
Though Brownstein has served as a co-writer on Portlandia since its 2011 debut, Lost in Austen will mark her first time writing a feature film. Sam Mendes, whose company Neal Street Productions will co-produce the project, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her.”
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