Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe announced today that multi-hyphenate Peabody winner and Emmy nominated writer Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) has been tapped to complete work on Lost in Austen based on the original UK television series. Lost in Austen will be the first feature writing project for Brownstein and was one of Nora Ephron's unfinished works.
Brownsteinis the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of IFC's hit comedy Portlandia and 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."
In Lost in Austen, Amanda lives and works in present day Brooklyn, until she suddenly finds herself transported into the fictional world of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".
Lost in Austen is based on the original UK television series Lost in Austen written by Guy Andrews and produced by Mammoth Screen. Columbia Pictures, Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris of Neal Street Productions, and Nathan Kahane of Good Universe will produce. Damien Timmer & Michele Buck of Mammoth Screen and Nicolas Brown of Neal Street will executive produce alongside John Middleton, Roy Lee and Joe Drake. Erin Westerman will oversee for Good Universe.
Dan Freedman of Good Universe negotiated Brownstein's deal on behalf of the producers. Brownstein is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn.