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'Devil Wears Prada' Screenwriter Tapped to Adapt 'Jane Eyre' Graphic Novel 'Rochester'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2013 at 2:49PM

"The Devil Wears Prada" screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has signed on to adapt the yet to be released "Jane Eyre" graphic novel "Rochester," for which Fox 2000 just snapped up the rights.
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Aline Brosh McKenna
Aline Brosh McKenna

"The Devil Wears Prada" screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has signed on to adapt the yet to be released "Jane Eyre" graphic novel "Rochester," for which Fox 2000 just snapped up the rights.

"Rochester" is a modern retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic, centering on an orphan who becomes a young governess at the estate of brooding, mysterious Edward Rochester. The novel has been adapted for the big screen many times, most recently in 2011 for Carey Fukunaga's version starring Mia Wasikowska as the eponymous lead and Michael Fassbender as Rochester.

The book will be published by Archaia Publishing, an indie company known for many Eisner-nominated graphic novels. (Though soon to be indie no more: BOOM! studio has acquired it.)

This is McKenna's first reteaming with Fox 2000 since she had her breakthrough adapting Lauren Weisberger's bestseller "The Devil Wears Prada" for the studio in 2006. 

McKenna also wrote the screenplay for Disney's live-action "Cinderella" reboot, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter. She is a producer on Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.