Aline Brosh McKenna is known for co-creating the CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and as the screenwriter behind The Devil Wears Prada, but her next project will incorporate some classic literature. She will publish a graphic novel, a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, through Boom! Studios.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Illustrated by Eisner Award winner Ramón K. Pérez, Jane transposes our heroine to the modern era, where she’s an art student who has finally left her small fishing town for the bright lights of New York City. Soon, she realizes that the city and her talented peers are more intimidating than she expected, so Jane gets a nannying job to earn extra money. But the comfort that job provided grows thin when she starts falling for her young charge’s father, Rochester — a wealthy man with a dark secret.”
“I’ve seen every movie based on Jane Eyre,” McKenna told EW, “and I’ve read the book many times. It’s one of those that I just have gone back to a lot in my life, and I wanted to do sort of a contemporary version of that.”
McKenna is excited that fans of Jane Eyre will be able to experience Jane’s struggles and her romance with Rochester through a modern lens.
“I love the idea that Rochester’s mysterious circumstances kind of take place in a bigger, grander world — almost in a different genre from Jane’s world — because a lot of the obstacles in Jane Eyre, the marriage and romantic obstacles, are specific to that era. They have to do with marrying well, and those sorts of concerns. So the obstacles and barriers in a contemporary setting needed to be a little bit different. When we started talking about Rochester, I started seeing him almost in a Bruce Wayne type of way.”
Who could say no to the combination of Batman and Brontë?
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