In a deal worth low seven figures, Fox 2000 has picked up the rights to Rochester, an upcoming graphic novel from Archaia Publishing, with Aline Brosh McKenna attached to write the adaptation.
McKenna also will produce with Simon Kinberg, the Fox-based producer who is working on X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Rochester is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, the classic 1847 novel by Charlotte Bronte. The book told the story of Eyre, an orphaned girl who becomes an independently minded governess at the estate of Edward Rochester, a man with a secret or two who falls for her.
Archaia’s editor-in-chief Stephen Christy will exec produce with the company’s Jack Cummins. The deal may be the company’s last act as an independent publisher; BOOM! Studio is acquiring the company, known for its many Eisner-nominated graphic novels.
Rochester marks a reunion for McKenna, Kinberg and Christy as the trio previously teamed up to adapt Archaia’s acclaimed sci-fi graphic novel series Rust. That project is set up at 20th Century Fox.
Rochester also returns McKenna into the fold of Fox 2000 for the first time since her breakthrough film, the adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. McKenna wrote the screenplay for Cinderella, Disney’s live-action take on the fairy tale starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James. Kinberg is producing Cinderella, which is in pre-production.
McKenna is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson.