It's a concept so bad it's good. Jennifer Love Hewitt is teaming up with Lifetime to develop a present-day retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Virginia-set "Darcy Town" is being written by "Charmed" scribe Sheryl Anderson and executive-produced by Hewitt.
Published in England in 1813, "Pride and Prejudice" follows a headstrong young woman named Elizabeth Bennett and her love-hate relationship with the brooding Mr. Darcy. The timeless love story has inspired numerous film and TV adaptations.
The most popular versions of "Pride and Prejudice" include the 1935 film starring Lawrence Olivier and Greer Garson and the 1995 BBC miniseries starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, who rose to fame from it. The 1995 book and subsequent film adaptation of "Bridget Jones' Diary," also starring Firth, was inspired in part by Austen's novel.
A modern version of the classic tale, the largely forgotten indie "Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy" was released in 2003. In 2004, the novel received the Bollywood treatment for the musical comedy "Bride and Prejudice," starring Aishwarya Rai. The following year, Keira Knightley starred in a highly-acclaimed Oscar-nominated version of the story. The film marked her first collaboration with director Joe Wright.
In April, the comedic, vlog-style web series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries" made its debut and has gradually gained a following. A screen version of Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 novel "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" has also been in the works, but no production dates have been announced as of yet.
Hewitt, who rose to fame as a teen, began producing in 1999 while starring in the short-lived drama "Time of Your Life." In 2000, she starred in and co-executive-produced the guilty pleasure biopic "The Audrey Hepburn Story" and in 2005 began producing and starring in "The Ghost Whisperer." Last year Hewitt produced the CBS TV movie "The Lost Valentine." The actress currently executive-produces and stars in Lifetime's raunchy drama "The Client List," and is set to collaborate with the network on an adaptation of her dating-advice book "The Day I Shot Cupid: My Name Is Jennifer Love Hewitt and I'm a Love-acholic."