Calling all Austen-ites… Jane Austen-ites. We have it on very good authority that Voltage Pictures is moving full steam ahead with Jane By The Sea, a new romantic comedy based on the life of the literary giant. The best part… the film, which will jump between Austen’s world and the world of her stories, was scripted by accomplished writer Carolyn V. Murray, a lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast (she has been to Chawton, Winchester, and Bath to pay her respects).
As exclusively reported by The Tracking Board, “The witty comedy will explore the encounters and relationships that inspired characters and scenes from her iconic works. Austen’s story will be inter-cut with developing scenes from her in-progress novels as she writes them, to better dramatize what influenced them and how they came to be.” They’ve described this style of storytelling as “a new spin on the biopic formula.”
Carolyn, a Walt Disney Writing Fellow who has had a number of her original screenplays optioned, based her script for the film on her very first novel, also titled Jane By The Sea. Published in July 2015, it offers “a semi-biographical look into the loves of the author’s life, and how those experiences shaped her writing.”