New Emma film in production

The Witch

A new movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma is now in production with Autumn de Wilde directing a script by Eleanor Catton.

The movie will follow young woman Emma Woodhouse in a story of misconstrued romance in Georgian-Regency England. Anya Taylor-Joy (pictured) stars with Johnny Flynn.

Emma is produced by Working Title Films and Blueprint Pictures.

Working Tile is currently developing a film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, set to be directed by Ben Wheatley, as well as Edgar Wright’s new film, thriller Last Night in Soho, which is also scheduled to star Taylor-Joy.

Blueprint is best known for the recent BBC One drama A Very English Scandal and feature The Mercy, telling the true story of Sunday sailor Donald Crowhurst and his ill-fated attempt to win the World Yacht Race in 1968.

Emma has previously been adapted into a 1996 feature with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role, while the BBC made a TV drama version of the story with Romola Garai in 2009. One of the most acclaimed versions of Austen’s tale is in fact Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, which transposed the story to an American high school setting in 1995.     

Main page image: Navarro; Article image: Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch (Universal Pictures)


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