Austenland, a romantic comedy starring Keri Russell, is one of the rare romantic comedies that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I got a sneak peek at the film, so check out my review to find out why it shows promise — even if it's a little over-the-top.
Keri Russell debuted, celebrated, and promoted her romantic comedy Austenland at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. Keri kept cozy for the red carpet and changed into a cute, casual plaid shirt for her press day on Saturday. The actress sipped on a pint of beer during her interviews, but couldn't stay at the festival for long. Both she and costar Bret McKenzie hopped on flights out of town by Saturday afternoon. The movie is apparently already getting interest from studios looking to snap up the distribution rights. Austenland is produced by Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer. Keri stars as a woman infatuated with all things Jane Austen, and Stephenie talked about taking on the issue of obsession, which she, of course, knows about firsthand from all her experience with the worldwide vampire phenomenon. Stephenie said in an interview, "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."
Twilight's author is about to sink her teeth into Jane Austen. Stephenie Meyer will produce Austenland, with Keri Russell attached to star in the indie romantic comedy. Russell will play a woman obsessed with one of literature's most famous leading men, Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy. Since no real man can measure up to the fictional character, she goes to a Jane Austen-themed resort where visitors dress and act the part of Austen characters. Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour, and Flight of the Conchords's Bret McKenzie will also costar, and Napoleon Dynamite cowriter Jerusha Hess is set to direct.
With this project, Meyer takes the leap to producing the material of others (she has served as producer of the Twilight films). However, she may still be somewhat in her comfort zone, since this is another book-to-movie project: Austenland is an adaptation of Shannon Hale's novel.