Pride and Prejudice is a favourite among Jane Austen fans who are regularly treated to film and television adaptations of the classic novel.
The latest adaptation comes from Lifetime in the USA who announced on the 5th of November that they are producing a feature length TV movie version with an all Black cast.
Entertainment Weekly reported the movie will be officially called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta which begs the question: are they planning on taking this around the USA? Will Pride & Prejudice: Los Angeles be next? Or Pride & Prejudice: NYC?
Set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia this will be a far cry from the strict social practices of the 1800s, but there will be familiar themes of family pressures, sexual chemistry, love-hate relationships, and drama!
Of course it would not be the Pride & Prejudice we all know and love without the sparky love-hate between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. Tiffany Hines (best known for her recent portrayal of Tamar Braxton in Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart) will be playing Lizzie Bennet, with Juan Antonio as her Mr Darcy.
Keeping with the basic themes of the book’s characters Lizzie’s parents have a similar semi-important status- a Southern Baptist pastor played by Reginald VelJohnson with Jackée Harry as his wife, the author of self-help books concerned with marriage and relationships (typical Mrs Bennet!)
Tiffany Hines will play Lizzie Bennet
Other Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta cast members include: Raney Branch as eldest daughter Jane, Brittney Level as middle child Mary, Alexia Bailey as Kitty, and Reginae Carter as the baby of the siblings Lydia. Kellee Stewart will play Lizzie’s friend Charlotte, while Keshia Knight Pulliam will appear as Caroline Bingley.
With such a talented cast this is sure to be a big hit for Lifetime, and may even introduce more people to the world of Jane Austen.
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
Lisey’s Story came about when, in June 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van and seriously injured. His wife Tabitha decided to redesign his studio while King was in hospital and after seeing his books and belongings in boxes the writer got a glimpse of what it would be like if the accident had been fatal.
Speaking in 2017, Stephen King told Variety:
“Lisey’s Story is my favourite of the books and I would love to see that done, especially now that there’s a kind of openness on the streaming services on TV and even the cable networks. There’s more freedom to do stuff now and when you do a movie from a book, there’s this thing that I call the sitting on a suitcase syndrome. That is where you try to pack in all the clothes at once and the suitcase won’t close. So it’s tough to take a book that is fully textured, and do it in two hours and 10 minutes. But as a TV show you have 10 hours.”
Streaming sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have become increasingly interested in showcasing already-existing stories, which King attributes in part to the success of IT.