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.
Actress come filmmaker Hannah Marks will direct the Fox 2000 feature film adaptation of Turtles all the Way Down. Marks is best known for her role in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and has been named as director on this adaptation.
The story of How to be a Woman is a memoir of Caitlin Moran’s life as she moves from adolescence in Wolverhampton to her adult life, while attempting to answer the questions every woman has asked herself while navigating these tricky life moments. The adaptation will be narrated by Caitlin Moran and star Louise Brealey (Sherlock) as Caitlin, Jeanette Percival as Caitlin’s sister Caz, and Clare Corbett as Caitlin’s mother.
The latest version of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women will be the eighth adaptation of the novel, first published in 1868 and celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The adaptation is written and directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) and produced by Amy Pascal (The Post), Denise Di Novi (Little Women 1994), Robin Swicord (Matilda), and Andrea Giannetti (Passengers).
This brilliantly written book is already an audiobook narrated by Neil Gaiman himself – who could read the phone book and make it sound good.
Now, the BBC is bringing us an exciting new radio dramatization of Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Having previously dramatized other works by Neil Gaiman including Good Omens (his collaboration with Terry Pratchett) and Neverwhere, we have high hopes for this dramatization too.