Well, this caught my eye: Aline Brosh McKenna, the screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada, and the upcoming Quvenzhané Wallis-starring Annie remake, has been hired to write the movie adaptation of a yet-unreleased Jane Eyre graphic novel.
Let Bertha out of the attic, we’re going to the movies.
The deal came about after Fox 2000 paid a number in the “low seven figures” (holy high-waisted trousers) for the rights to Archaia Publishing’s upcoming Rochester. I couldn’t dig much up on the graphic novel other than it’s a modern-day adaptation of Jane Eyre and it’s being illustrated by the Eisner Award-winning Ramón Pérez (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand). Archaia’s Stephen Christy and Jack Cummins will serve as executive producers for the movie; the trio of Christy, Cummins, and McKenna are already working on adapting Archaia’s Rust for 20th Century Fox.
So. A modern-day version of Jane Eyre. I’m a bit on the fence here, if only because Brosh McKenna’s other screen credits include the poorly reviewed rom-coms 27 Dresses, Morning Glory, and I Don’t Know How She Does It. Then again: The Devil Wears Prada! I can’t imagine that anyone would think a light, romantic version of Jane Eyre would work (He locks his wife in an attic. He loses a hand.), so I’m going to gather my faith in humanity around me like a warm, comfortable, possibly delusion-inducing coat and say the darkness of the original novel will be kept.
But I guess we’ll have to wait until the graphic novel comes out to see what flavor of contemporary adaptation this movie will be. Don’t let me down, Archaia.