Hard on the heels of the announcement of Lost in Austen, we have yet another P&P sort-of adaptation called Jane Austen Handheld (hey wait–our Personal Assistant Enrico over there is a Jane Austen Handheld!).
Its first movie will be “Jane Austen Handheld,” a period spoof to shoot next spring, financed by the Isle of Man’s new production venture NX, with HanWay handling sales. The debut feature of TV comedy helmer Tristram Shapeero (director of cult shows “Green Wing” and “Peep Show”), this re-tells the story of “Pride and Prejudice” through the lens of a fly-on-the-wall doc crew.
Fry himself will play the paterfamilias, Mr. Bennet, with Carrie Fisher as his wife, pop starlet Lily Allen as wayward daughter Lydia and louche comedian Russell Brand as the dastardly Wickham. The traditional lead roles of Lizzie Bennet and Darcy have yet to be cast.
“Re-tells the story of “Pride and Prejudice” through the lens of a fly-on-the-wall doc crew?” This actually might be kind of fun. And we have to admit we love the idea of Stephen Fry as Mr. Bennet!
Thanks to Alert Janeites Lisa, Kirsty, Helen B., and Carmen for sending us links about this.