Focus Features has hired Angela Workman (“Snow Flower And The Secret Fan,” “The Zookeeper’s Wife”) to pen the script for a period film adaptation of Jo Baker’s upcoming novel “Longbourn” for Focus Features.
The book reimagines Jane Austen’s “Pride And Prejudice” from the point of view of the servants at the Bennet family estate.
Under the surface of the Bennet house, there is constant chaos swirling downstairs as the servants prepare for assorted lavish balls.
The consequences of the Napoleonic Wars also come into play, while a romance between a newly arrived footman and a housemaid is a central element.
Workman is a much in demand scribe, penning the historical tale “Bronte” for Dreamworks and recently woking on a biopic of photojournalist Dorothea Lange.