Keri Russell's 'Austenland' getting national release through Sony Classics
Keri Russell has another potential Sundance hit on her hands.
Six years after the debut of her indie breakout "Waitress" at the 2007 edition of the Park City festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired "Austenland" (review), a comedy in which the actress stars as a "Pride and Prejudice"-obsessed woman who travels to a Jane Austen-themed resort to find the "perfect gentleman."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony acquired the Jerusha Hess-directed film for north of $4 million following a fierce bidding war. Based on the book by Shannon Hale (who co-scripted with Hess) and co-starring JJ Feild and Jennifer Coolidge, it will be released domestically via Sony Pictures Classics.
For her part, Hess has been down this road before - she and husband Jared Hess's zeitgeist-capturing sleeper hit "Napoleon Dynamite" was nabbed by Fox Searchlight at Sundance 2004.
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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs through January 27.