Jennifer Love Hewitt Working on Modern Update for ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Jennifer Love Hewitt is working with Lifetime on a modern day update to Pride and Prejudice.

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The female-skewing cable network is teaming with Jennifer Love Hewitt to develop Darcy’s Town, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride and Prejudice set in a small Virginia town.

The Lifetime drama is being penned by Sheryl Anderson (Charmed), exec produced by Hewitt and hails from the actress-producer’s Fedora Films and Cineflix. Jeanie Bradley, Fedora’s head of development and production, brought the project to Lifetime.

Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, is set in 19th century England and revolves around the Bennet family and Elizabeth’s love affair with Mr. Darcy. Lifetime’s Darcy’s Town marks the second Austen reimagining this development season. Boardwalk Empire’s Margaret Nagle has set up a modern Sense and Sensibility at CBS; it revolves around three devoted sisters whose lives are upended when the father who abandoned them as children returns.