Nora Ephron to direct Lost in Austen movie

Lost in AustenThe planned big-screen remake of ITV drama Lost in Austen has found itself a director.

{jcomments on}The film version of the ITV drama has been in the works for some time now but it seems things are now moving on for it. The movie has gotten itself a director – Nora Ephron according to Variety. Her previous credits include Julia & Julie, You’ve Got Mail and er the 2005 film version of Bewitched. The script for the film has been written by Guy Andrews who wrote the ITV drama though it’s now being rewritten by Ephron. Sam Mendes is producing the film which will be set in New York rather than London – as per the ITV series.

Lost in Austen was a four-part drama that aired on ITV1 in 2008 and revolved around Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) swapping places with Elisabeth Bennett (Gemma Arterton) – the heroine of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The four-part drama deals with Amanda’s attempts to settle down in the world of her favourite novel and keep the plot on course – with disastrous consequences. Amongst the cast of the series was Lindsay Duncan, Guy Henry, Alex Kingston, Hugh Bonneville, Christina Cole, Elliot Cowan and Tom Riley. While Lost in Austen wasn’t a huge ratings hit for ITV it won much critical acclaim.