Seven weeks of filming for Austenland officially wrapped August 26. The movie, directed by Jerusha Hess, is an adaptation of the brilliantly romantic and comedic book by author Shannon Hale, and is the first project to come from Fickle Fish Films, a production company geared toward “literature related film and media”, created by Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett.
If you have not read this book yet, get your hands on it now! Move it to the top of your to-read stack. Reserve it at your local library. Whatever you do, please read it! Click HERE
You will love, and maybe even relate to, this story of a New York woman obsessed with Jane Austen’s incomparable character, Mr. Darcy. She takes the trip of a lifetime traveling to a, sort of, Jane Austen theme park in England where guests are immersed in the world of Pride & Prejudice. Living it out dressing in Regency clothing, speaking …uhh…Regency-speak, and interacting with actors who play the part of Austen’s characters so well, that the line between Austenland and reality is sometimes a little blurred.
As if the trifecta-of-pure-awesomeness – Shannon Hale, Jerusha Hess, and Stephenie Meyer – weren’t enough of a reason to be impatient for the finished product, the movie boasts a talented cast that includes Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, JJ Feild, and Jane Seymore. –yes, you read that correctly, Jane! Seymore! Wendy Mitchell of ScreenDaily had a chance to visit the set of Austenland in the midst of filming and gives us a little preview of what she saw that day:
“I witnessed Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords grinding up on Keri Russell, all the while wearing regency finery. Oh, and did I mention a Nelly song was playing? What more do you want from a film, people?
“The whole cast and crew was in hysterics as McKenzie (not a shy one!) was doing some impromptu choreography for this fantasy dance sequence, leading the gyrations from James Callis, Ricky Whittle, Rupert Vansittart, and JJ Feild (who producer Stephenie Meyer — yes, she of Twilight fame — touted as the next Hugh Grant or Colin Firth).”
“[...] Jane Seymour even got her personal camera out to take a snapshot to remember it by.”
Slated for 2012, this movie can’t come soon enough! Visit author Shannon Hale’s website and blog at www.squeetus.com where she shares some of the fun filming experiences on set!