Sony Pictures has hired Nora Ephron to write and direct Lost in Austen, a project we first announced back in February 2009.

The project is based on the 2008 BBC mini-series Lost in Austen, which tells the tale of a modern-day New York woman, who is a passionate fan of author Jane Austen. She somehow finds herself swapping places with the fictional Jane Austen character Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice.

Nora Ephron is writing the screenplay for Lost in Austen, based on Guy Andrews' mini-series script. Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris will produce.

No production schedule was given for Lost in Austen.