Miramax Picks Up Hathaway's Jane
Source: Variety
March 1, 2006

Miramax Films has picked up North American rights to Becoming Jane, in which Anne Hathaway stars as British novelist Jane Austen, reports Variety. The film is directed by Julian Jarrold, who directed Miramax's U.K. import Kinky Boots. James McAvoy, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters also star.

The film centers on a love affair Austen began as a 20-year-old -- with brilliant, roguish Irishman Tom Lefroy -- that inspired her career as one of the world's great romantic writers. The movie also looks at how the writer's relationship with Lefroy helped create the male characters in "Pride & Prejudice."

Kevin Hood and Sarah Williams wrote the script; Ecosse Films is producing in association with Blueprint Pictures and Scion Films.

Graham Broadbent, Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae produce, with Jeff Abberley and Julia Blackman executive producing.