Stephenie Meyer is famed for writing the chartbusting 'Twilight' series - which sparked a successful film franchise with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - but the novelist is now set to back an entirely different kind of movie.
That's right; another day at the Sundance Film Festival has passed and it seems as if Jershua Hess' film 'Austenland', produced by Stephenie Meyer, has been picked up for $3 million by movie moguls at Sony. After it's debut at Sundance, the film is now expected to be released to a larger audience through Sony Picture Classics.
The film is based on the novel by Meyer's friend Shannon Hale, which tells the story of Jane Hayes, a New Yorker who is obsessed with Jane Austen's infamous romantic novel 'Pride and Prejudice' - so much so that she heads to an English resort where Austen-crazed women can mingle with gentlemen to find their own Mr. Darcy.
Jane is so obsessed on finding her own Austen-esque suitor that she has a life-size cut-out of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the famous BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice.'
Meyer is no stranger to obsessive fans after her famous books and subsequent films, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson attracted millions of Twihards around the globe:
"I have seen firsthand fanatic fans, passionate people who want to live in that world so badly, who want to be a part of it,' Meyer said in an interview at the festival. "I've seen tattoos that scare me to death. I mean, those things are forever. That's not a joke."
"And I do think people can definitely take that fan love too far. I think it's nice actually to see Jane's journey here, because she realizes this and sort of steps out of it."
The film stars Keri Russell, who starred alongside Nathan Fillion in the Sundance hit 'Waitress' and, with Jershua Hess and Stephenie Meyer working on the project, the film seems destined for success.