- Focus and Random House have snapped up film rights to Jo Baker's yet to be published novel "Longbourn," which is based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," but centers on the servants in the Bennet estate. The novel is set for release this fall. Per Focus' description of the project:
LONGBOURN will reveal what Jane Austen did not: the constant chaos swirling downstairs, the preparation for lavish balls, the housekeeper’s real thoughts about the family patriarch. But it will also reveal the tragic consequences of the Napoleonic Wars and focus on a romance between a newly arrived footman and a housemaid, the novel's main characters.
Sounds like "Downton Abbey" meets "Pride and Prejudice" -- a hot ticket.