More details on The Jane Austen Book Club release dates

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The Jane Austen Book Club We heard back from Sony Pictures Classics with more details of U.S. release dates for The Jane Austen Book Club.

The film opens on September 21 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Bay Area, Scottsdale AZ, Chicago and Boston.

On September 28, it expands to Denver, Washington, Baltimore, Portland, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston and Seattle.

On October 5, the film will expand throughout Alaska, Alabama, all throughout California, some more Colorado, all throughout Florida, Atlanta, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Kansas, Kentucky, New Orleans, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, all throughout New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington.

Stay tuned to AustenBlog for TJABC goodies and swag!

Variety has an article about Robin Swicord’s journey of making this film.

So she went back to a passion project she and Sony’s Amy Pascal had talked about for some 15 years, a movie about people who love Jane Austen. “Amy and I got serious about trying to do a movie about a dysfunctional family of Jane Austen scholars that would echo some aspects of ‘Pride and Prejudice,'” Swicord recalls. As of June 2006, Swicord’s “The Jane Prize,” an academic family comedy in the vein of “You Can’t Take It With You,” was on a slow track.

Then producer Calley, who once ran Sony Pictures Entertainment and still checks in regularly with Pascal, approached Swicord with “The Jane Austen Book Club,” a 2004 bestseller by Karen Jay Fowler. Calley had read “The Jane Prize,” and clearly Swicord knew her Austen.

“The last thing I needed was something competing,” Swicord says. So she decided to do both.

According to Diana Birchall’s article from the set of the film in the latest issue of JASNA News, Ms. Swicord hopes to make The Jane Project her next, um, project; presumably it will happen only if TJABC does well.