There are some forthcoming literary films for us to look forward to. ITV in Britain is to make an adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon, with a screenplay completing the book by Andrew Davies, that master of classic adaptations. Jane Austen wrote 11 chapters before she became too ill to continue. It is an extraordinary fragment, with a feisty heroine, a rich widow, a West Indian heiress, and wild financial speculations. Its characters are all at the seaside in search of health, husbands and money and it is wickedly funny (so hard to believe that Jane Austen was suffering all too real health problems as she wrote it). Filming will start early next year.
And there will be a movie called Colette about the remarkable French novelist Colette. This will star Keira Knightley as Colette (above), and Dominic West as her first abusive husband Willy, who tried to grab the credit for her early and hugely successful novel Claudine. This film will be released in September this year. To learn more about this fascinating woman and writer, I can recommend Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman.
And if you get a chance to see the film Becoming Astrid, do go and see it. I loved this film about the feisty and rebellious young Astrid Lindgren before she began her writing career.
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