The work of Jane Austen has been the inspiration for countless reinterpretations and adaptations, from the lavish period pieces to more unusual interpretations. According to some reports, a drama series titled Modern Austen on The CW will soon be joining the list.
It has been reported recently that the network is developing a one-hour anthology series that is inspired by Austen’s work as the title of the series would suggest that the series will be reimagining the novels of Austen as six modern stories, with the goal of each session existing as a separate novel.
It has also been revealed that the first season of the series would be adapted from Pride and Prejudice and would be set totally in modern-day San Francisco. Modern Austen would be written and executively produced by a playwright, Eleanor Burgess, who most recently wrote on HBO’s reboot of Perry Mason.
Modern Austen On The CW: Jane Austen Anthology Series Is In Making!
The production of the series would be done by Warner Bros. Television, with the producers also including Gabrielle Ebron and Stephanie Allain via Homegrown Pictures. Across the late 18th and 19th centuries, Austen wrote six significant novels, 1811’s Sense and Sensibility, 1814’s Mansfield Park, 1813’s Pride and Prejudice, and 1816’s Emma.
Her final two novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, were published in the year 1818, a year after her death. In the centuries since the debut of her novels, Austen’s work has been regarded as a groundbreaking and essential part of pop culture and literature.
If Modern Austen were to eventually make it to series, it would be just the latest series inspired by an established piece of fiction to make it to The CW.
In addition to the network’s ever-growing roster of DC Comics-inspired shows, Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Stargirl, and Black Lightning and the Archie Comics-inspired Riverdale, the network also debuted its updated take on Nancy Drew last season.
This series is one of the several potential new series that the network is considering for the upcoming season, including a live-action sequel series of PowerPuff Girls, a newly announced Black Lightning spinoff surrounding Jordan Calloway’s Painkiller, and a Nancy Drew spinoff surrounding Tom Swift.
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