What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Waiting for Sanditon! Next year Sanditon, one of Austen’s two unfinished novels, will be be released as a film for the first time! It was announced a while ago, but not very widely reported on, so we’ve been looking for as many details on it as we can. Here’s what we’ve found out so far: The unfinished novel was completed by author Marie Dobbs, who was living in Moscow as a diplomat’s wife when she began work on Sanditon. The completed novel was published in 1975. The screenplay is written by Simon Reade who has adapted other classic books for the screen such as Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful and RC Sherriff’s Journey’s End (which is currently being filmed). The new costume drama has been described as half comedic satire, half romantic comedy. It will be directed by Jim O’Hanlon (he also directed the BBC series of Jane Austen’s Emma in 2009). This is a summary of the story according to Goldcrest Films who are producing it: “When Charlotte Heywood is invited to spend the summer season at Sanditon she accepts immediately, intrigued to see (not-so) polite society at play in the newly fashionable sea bathing resort. Here she meets a host of classic Austen characters from the imperious nouveau-riche Lady Denham to her impoverished ward Clara, and from the lecherous Sir Edward, to the dashing, feckless Sidney Parker and his hypochondriac sisters.” Holliday Grainger (Cinderella) and Max Irons (Woman In Gold) are to join Charlotte
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