Stephenie Meyer talks 'Austenland' at Sundance
Stephenie Meyer was at Sundance to promote Austenland, a film of which she will be producing. There were also talks about what a Twilight theme park would look like, if it were to happen.
Stephenie Meyer knows all about obsessive fans. So it makes sense that the "Twilight" author should produce a movie about a woman who takes another writer's work a little too much to heart. Meyer is a producer on the Sundance Film Festival premiere "Austenland," adapted from her friend Shannon Hale's novel that follows the romantic misadventures of a Jane Austen devotee.
"Austenland" stars Keri Russell as a woman named Jane who is so fanatical about the "Pride and Prejudice" author's fiction that she blows her life savings to visit an Austen-themed British resort. Jane is so fixated on finding her own Austen-style suitor that she has a life-size cut-out of Colin Firth as aloof suitor Mr. Darcy in a BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice."
"I have seen firsthand fanatic fans, passionate people who want to live in that world so badly, who want to be a part of it," Meyer said Saturday in an interview. "I've seen tattoos that scare me to death. I mean, those things are forever. That's not a joke. And I do think people can definitely take that fan love too far. I think it's nice actually to see Jane's journey here, because she realizes this and sort of steps out of it." "Austenland" marks the directing debut of Jerusha Hess, whose career took off with the 2004 Sundance hit "Napoleon Dynamite," which she co-wrote with her husband, director Jared Hess.
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While speaking about her latest film Austenland which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer touched on the possibilities of a Twilight theme park. The conversation sprung up because Austenland, as the title suggests, takes place in a Jane Austen theme park after being inspired by Pride & Prejudice. MTV asked what a “Twilightland” would look like. “I cannot comprehend why you would do that,” Meyer said matter of fact-ly. “How could you create that? It would be so boring. Would you have to go to high school for that? Ugh. Sounds awful. I don’t want to go back to high school.” Added Meyer, “What would the ride be? We don’t have rides [in the Twilight books or films]. I guess you could have a mechanical vampire that you could ride piggy back. I think that’d be a liability issue though.”
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