Because quite frankly, we get more interest in posts about Austen-related movies than anything else. That should probably distress us more than it does. Anyway, there are actually some new Austen-related films being made, and none of them appear to be acceptable adaptations of Mansfield Park. Hollywood, you know you don’t have to pay anyone for the rights of that one, right? Just saying.
Dorothy’s made popcorn and some iced vanilla rooibos, so settle in, turn off your cell phones, no, really, TURN THEM OFF or face the wrath of the Cluebat, and get ready for another glut of Austen-related films–and hearken back to the glory days of yore, by which we mean the 1990s. Will these new films be good? Will they be silly? Will they make the Editrix’s head explode? It all remains to be seen. Buckle up, Gentle Readers, it may be a bumpy ride.
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Dearest Mags, I hesitate to sour your sweet and innocent faith in the Coming of Hollywood’s Acceptable Adaptation of Mansfield Park (or CHAAMP), but I’m afraid that Hollywood Is Hopeless. You are too young to know, but in the Swinging [Nineteen] Sixties, a Fox producer, who was pitched a CHAAMP script, proposed casting Jayne Mansfield, no doubt envisioning the ad campaign (Jayne Mansfield in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park: A Succession of Busy Nothings!).
I won’t hold my breath for a decent Mansfield Park from Hollywood. But I’m hoping BBC will get their act together on that within the next 10 years or so. I can be patient….
Another vote for a Mansfield Park adaptation, but I believe a film it is impossible (duration), I wish for a miniseries, but since revisionism is still in vogue also in TV production I prefer to wait patiently for years. (Grumpy, yes, very. I’m afraid it is age).
I direct you all to the post above about Whit Stillman…if anyone could do it, he could.
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