Sundance’s “Austenland” to be distributed by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

By Vanessa Frith,

Jerusha Hess’ directorial debut, Austenland has been snatched up for distribution after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last Friday.

Staring Jennifer Coolidge and Kerri Russell, the film follows a devout Jane Austen fan who tries to find her own perfect romance at an Jane Austen theme park. Based on the book penned by Shannon Hale, the comedy was co-written by Hess (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) and produced by Twilight architect Stephenie Meyer.

While Variety reports that there were talks of Exclusive Releasing and FilmDistrict splitting the film, the rights were ultimately snagged by Sony.

At a price of over $4 million, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will be handling the worldwide rights while Sony Pictures Classics will be in charge of domestic releases, according to The Hollywood Reporter

"We love this movie," Sony Pictures Classics stated according to Yahoo!"It announces the birth of a major filmmaker and Stephenie Meyer is truly a force of nature. We look forward to bringing 'Austenland' to American audiences."

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