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

I'll Allow It

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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