Jane Austen’s incomplete novel ‘Sandition’ to be made into a mini-series – Times of India

Jane Austen’s incomplete novelSanditon is all set to be adapted for television for the first time. And news is that the project will be helmed by
Pride and Prejudice screenwriter, Andrew Davies.

The news about plans of making a TV adaptation of
Sanditon for audiences in the United Kingdom and the United States was announced by Masterpiece PBS on Twitter on July 10. The project is a collaboration between Red Planet Picture and MASTERPIECE PBS. The TV adaptation will be made into an eight-part mini-series and they’ll be based on the 11-chapters that Jane Austen worked on before she passed away in 1817. Talking about
Sandition‘s TV adaptation, Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama, said in a statement, “It’s a rich, romantic, family saga built upon the foundations Jane Austen laid. There is no one better to adapt her unfinished novel than Andrew who has an incredible track record for bold and original adaptations.”

Sanditon is set in a upcoming coastal town of the same name. The story revolves around Charlotte Heywood, a young and impulsive girl who unexpectedly moves from her rural hometown to the coatal town. She meets the charming Sidney Parker here, whose father plans to transform the upcoming coastal town to a highend resort. Austen’s incomplete novel was posthumously published in 1925. Over the years, many authors have written the remaning part of the story in the form of books but this is for the first time ever that the story is being brought to life on the screen by a writer.

Commenting on the development the screenwriter of
Sanditon, Andrew Davies said in the statement, “Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died – but what a fragment!
Sanditon tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing. It’s been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop
Sanditon into a TV drama for a modern audience.”

The filming of
Sanditon‘s TV adaptation is expected to begin in Spring 2019.

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