Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, opens in "select cities" on August 3 and it appears to be only the first entry in a real bonanza for Jane Austen fans over the next year or so. The movie website to which I've linked does a remarkable job of introducing the movie and includes a trailer and other movie clips. This one might get me to make one of my rare visits to a movie theater.
But, according to the Boston Globe, the really good news is that this is just the tip of the iceberg that is headed our way.
"The Jane Austen Book Club" is scheduled for release next year, as is an adaptation of "Northanger Abbey," the only one of Austen's six novels not previously made into a movie....
Television has, if anything, been an even more ardent admirer of Austen. PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre" has plans for a four-month Austen festival next year, including versions of all the novels and a biopic bearing the unfortunate title "Miss Austen Regrets."Jane Austen fans are some of the most ardent and best organized fans out there and this is certain to be an exciting year or two for them.