Shannon Hale's "Austenland" was adapted for the screen as an independant film, which screened this week at the Sundance Film Festival where it was enthusiastically received and scored a distribution deal with Sony Pictures.
For those who don't remember my book review (which I wrote before I became a true Shannon Hale fan), "Austenland" is basically a Jane Austen theme park... wherein guests live according to 18th century norms - clothes, manners, chamber pots and all! And of course, actors are hired to make the experience complete, with a Mr. Darcy look-alike to complete the illusion.
I had mixed feelings about the novel, but I do believe it was made to succeed in cinematic form. Plus there is quite the talented cast bringing the story to life! Anyhow, keep your eyes open for upcoming details!