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Brontëception: There’s Going To Be A Movie Version of a Modern Day Graphic Novel Adaptation of Jane Eyre

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.

Seeing as Archaia just got absorbed by Boom! Studios, The Hollywood Reporter notes that “the deal may be the company’s last act as an independent publisher.”

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.

(via: Jezebel)

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  • sharmylae

    RAMON PEREZ ART?! i need this book.

  • Anonymous

    The one modern retelling of Jane Eyre I read was “Jane” by April Lindner and it was so so so so so problematic that I have since been turned off trying to retell this story in modern times

    But if they put it in space a la Sharon Shinn, I’m all for it

  • Hollyanna

    I hate Jane Eyre! Maybe because I had to read Wide Sargasso Sea first, in high school. Maybe because Rochester is so obviously abusive and creepy. Maybe I’m just a shallow reader. I mean, good job Charlotte Bronte, but I want us to leave this in the past.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I liked the last film adaptation…that was, what? Two years ago? New stories, please.

  • Mina

    I’m really curious how they’ll handle the locking the wife in the attic. A modern day rich guy would surely not need to shut up his wife but would instead be able to just get her appropriate medication or other psychological help.

  • Mina

    Yeah, I don’t understand reader crushes on Rochester. He’s kind of weird. But I absolutely understand reader admiration of Jane. Her character is what makes the book so wonderful.

  • Ilirien

    Hmm, this one’s not in space, but give it a shot. Comes out July 9, I think.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Confession time: I’ve never actually read Jane Eyre the whole way through. It got to the point where my desire to slap Rochester was so high that it was either put the book down or throw it across the room.

  • Jen Roberts

    I loved Jane Eyre (though not Mr. Rochester so much; I also don’t understand why anyone (including Jane, really) would find him attractive…). I love the part where she looks him in the eye (even though she’s a woman, she’s younger than he is, she’s much poorer than he is, she’s his employee, etc. – everything that should say she’s of lower social standing than he is) and tells him they are EQUALS…and HE AGREES WITH HER. That was my favorite part in the book, honestly.

    And I liked Morning Glory! I think it’s a fun movie. Not one of my all-time faves, but I enjoyed it. I think I’m going to be looking forward more to the graphic novel than the movie though; I can’t help but be wary of “This graphic novel isn’t even out yet and we already want to make a movie of it.” For some reason, it just sounds like “Oh hey, modern retelling of a novel loved by many women; graphic novel version for that extra ‘edge’; yeah, sure, sounds good, whatever, greenlight it.” Maybe I’m just cynical.

  • Anonymous

    Dropping this onto my to-read list like a boss :D

  • Hollyanna

    Yeah Jane was a great character. That’s why I was mad at her for (SPOILERS) ending up with Rochester. Maybe find a dude who wasn’t such a dick and who didn’t lock his previous wife in the attic when he was done with her. What a winner. I know I’m reading it with modern morals. There were no treatments for mental illness then. The normal course of action was to lock mentally ill people away. That’s why it’s a modern retelling is difficult. The madwoman in the attic becomes the elephant in the room. Rochester’s actions become reprehensible when removed from the historical context. Is glossing over it the best option?

  • Sarah Dompkowski

    He locks. His wife. In the attic.
    Unless it’s gonna be a horror story played straight, this is gonna be painful …

  • Sarah Dompkowski

    Maybe she’s institutionalized somewhere and he hasn’t officially divorced her yet?
    I don’t know, it makes me very uncomfortable and I don’t see them handling it well at all, personally.