PARK CITY -- Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights to Jerusha Hess' Austenland after several days of competitive bidding, according to sources.
The comedic spin on Jane Austen from director Hess originally sparked five bids; among the bidders was Exclusive Releasing/FilmDistrict, which initially had made separate bids but teamed up as counteroffers escalated.
Hess, with husband Jared Hess who co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite and the Jack Black starrer Nacho Libre, penned Austenland with Shannon Hale.
The film follows a woman obsessed with a BBC production of Pride and Prejudice who travels to a Jane Austen-styled English resort to find her perfect gentleman.
Austenland premiered Jan. 18 at Eccles Theatre as part of Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition section. It stars Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King and James Callis.
UTA represented the filmmakers in the deal.
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