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Portlandia‘s Carrie Brownstein — taking on her first feature writing project — will complete the late Nora Ephron‘s unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures.
Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and Neal Street Productions.
Brownstein is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC’s hit comedy Portlandia, and she is also a musician. She will next appear in Jill Soloway’s Transparent for Amazon and Todd Haynes’ Carol, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
“Carrie is smart and funny and original, and the project is very lucky to have her,” said producer and Neal Street partner Sam Mendes.
Lost in Austen revolves around Amanda, who lives and works in present-day Brooklyn. Suddenly, she finds herself transported back in time and into the fictional world of Jane Austen‘s classic novel Pride and Prejudice.
Good Universe will handle international rights. Producers are Mendes, Pippa Harris, Nathan Kahane and Damien Timmer. Michele Buck and Nicolas Brown are executive producing alongside John Middleton, Roy Lee and Joe Drake. Erin Westerman will oversee for Good Universe. Good Universe’s Dan Freedman negotiated Brownstein’s deal on behalf of the producers.
Brownstein is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn.
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