A while back we posted about SENSIBILIDAD, a film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility set in the Latino community of modern-day Los Angeles. It was only in the script-writing phase then, but it looks like the film will be made and will be called SENSE AND SENSIBILIDAD (an excellent choice, may we add).
Fina Torres is set to direct a contemporary, Latino version of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” to be called “Sense and Senibilidad” for Camelot Pictures and Odd Lot Entertainment. Torries will direct the project, set in Los Angeles, from a script she wrote with Luis Alfaro (“Electricidad”).
We look forward to more news from this production!
Luis Alfaro, the screenwriter of the upcoming modern-set adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, found AustenBlog and answered a few questions about the film for us.
We were approached about a year ago by a great company that did a lovely film called Garden State to do a contemporary adaptation of this great Austen work. We read and re-read the novel so many times. We have seen all of the adaptations of her work, both here in the U.S. and internationally. This is an English language feature film that begins filming in November in Los Angeles. We love the title Sensibilidad because the story has a Mexican-American slant, but I am sure something more commercial will be attached once the film is done. It is very much a contemporary romantic comedy and we hope we do justice to Austen.
Thanks for posting, Luis, and best of luck with the film! We’ll look forward to it. (And we love the title SENSIBILIDAD!)
Alert Janeite Cinthia found some more information on SENSIBILIDAD. The article is in Spanish and available only on Google cache, but she kindly provided a translation.
– What are you doing now as a film director?
– I am finishing a very entertaining film in Mexico, it is called “Esperanza” [it means “Hope”], which was filmed last October. In September or October this year I start filming another in the United States.
– What is this film project about?
– I am filming a version of the novel Sense and Sensibility, set for the contemporary “chicana” [Latin] community. It is an adaptation of the work by Jane Austen, the 19th Century English writer. But it will not be a period adaptation.
– What are you going to do with it?
– Ang Lee has already shot a period film with Emma Thompson. I am setting the story, from a special adaptation, in the contemporary chicano world in Los Angeles, with much emphasis on the Latino. I think it will turn out to be very interesting.
– Is it the same project on which you are working with the Cuban scriptwriter Julio Carrillo?
– No, in this work I am having the help of wonderful Cuban writer Luis Alfaro.
This just confirms what we already knew, and adds a tiny bit more information. Well, it’s not really S&S4; shall we choose the Official Janeite Nickname? We nominate S&S L.A.
We previously posted a tantalizing tidbit about a possible new S&S adaptation, and Alert Janeite Arwen came up with the goods: it will be a modern-set Spanish language (we assume) adaptation called SENSIBILIDAD.
Currently, (playwright Luis Alfaro) is collaborating with director Fina Torres on Sensibilidad, a contemporary adaptation of Sense and Sensibility set in Los Angeles.
Coolness! And kudos to Arwen for tracking down the info.
Alert Janeite Cinthia sent us some news about an adaptation of S&S that is being filmed in the U.S.!
The links are in Spanish, but here is Cinthia’s recap:
The Venezuelan film director Fina Torres is in her country to participate in a cinema workshop and while interviewed there, she mentioned she is currently working in 3 different film projects, among them:
“an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” in USA”
Cinthia can’t tell (and neither can we) if she means S&S3 or another project entirely–perhaps a modern-set version? We’ll keep an eye out for more news!