Ephron Helms “Lost in Austen” Remake

Sony Pictures and filmmaker Nora Ephron (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “Julie and Julia”) are set to team for the remake of the 2008 time-traveling Jane Austen-themed mini-series “Lost in Austen” reports Variety.

The original ITV mini centered on Amanda (Jemima Rooper), an ardent Jane Austen fan, who lives in present day New York with a roommate (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). She soon finds a secret doorway hidden in her bathroom wall that’s a portal into the house of the Bennets at the start of “Pride and Prejudice”.

Amanda becomes trapped there while Elizabeth Bennet (Gemma Arterton) is stuck in 21st century London. Amanda tries to ensure that the events of the novel progress as they should, but things don’t go according to plan.

The mini also starred Elliot Cowan (“Alexander,” “Poirot”) as Mr. Darcy, Alex Kingston (“Doctor Who,” “E.R.”) as Mrs. Bennet, Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey,” “Iris”) as Mr. Bennet and Lindsay Duncan (“Rome,” “Under the Tuscan Sun”) as Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

The show’s original writer, Guy Andrews, was previously attached to pen the script but Ephron will now tackle writing and directing duties. Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris are producing.