Time-traveling Lost in Austen to become a movie

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Columbia Pictures is adapting Lost in Austen, a British time-traveling TV miniseries about a modern-day woman who finds herself living the life of a fictional heroine, for the big screen, Variety reported. Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road) is a producer.

The film will center on Amanda, an ardent Jane Austen fan, who lives in present-day New York with her boyfriend, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.

The show's original writer, Guy Andrews, is writing the screenplay.

The original four-part series starred Jemima Rooper and Gemma Arterton and aired on ITV in the United Kingdom in September.