A Canadian film based on the book The Jane Austen Marriage Manual and a third Trailer Park Boys movie are in the works.
Canadian producer David Cormican has announced he bought screen rights to Kim Izzo’s chicklit novel The Jane Austen Marriage Manual.
Izzo, deputy editor of Zoomer magazine, has attracted readers with her comic update of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Her tale centres on a modern woman of nearly 40 who is tempted to marry for money rather than love.
Cormican, who recently left Regina’s Mind’s Eye Entertainment to set up his own studio, told Hollywood trade magazine Variety he expects the film adaptation will be an international co-production. His previous credits include the horror movie Stranded and TV series 13 Eerie. Tonya Lee Williams, the Jamaican-Canadian actor familiar for her role on The Young and the Restless, has signed on to co-produce.
No production date has yet been announced for The Jane Austen Marriage Manual. However, the story comes amid renewed interest in Austen's comedy of manners as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.
3rd Trailer Park Boys movie
Meanwhile, Halifax film and TV director Mike Clattenburg is bringing the Trailer Park Boys back for a third movie, according to Telefilm Canada, which revealed eight film projects to which it has granted funding.
The boys — played by Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith — became popular on the TV series of the same name that ran from 2001 to 2008. They also starred in the Trailer Park Boys movies released in 2006 and 2009.
Telefilm also announced a new project from the studio behind Oscar-nominee War Witch, the Quebec film about a child soldier that was a big winner at the Canadian Screen Awards and the Jutras. Montreal studio Item 7 is working with TVA Films to produce Meetings with a Young Poet, which focuses on the life and work of Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett. The story, centred around his friendship with a young writer, will be directed by Quebec’s Rudy Barichello.
Bruce McDonald, the iconoclast director of Hard Core Logo and This Movie is Broken (about Toronto band Broken Social Scene), is also among those who garnered Telefilm funding for a new movie. His Baby How’d We Ever Get This Way tells the story of a man debating whether to remain with his wife after she is imprisoned for having sex with an underage student.