Film producing new passion for Twilight author Stephenie Meyer
NEW YORK (AP) - When Stephenie Meyer's name is mentioned, most people think of her Twilight Saga vampire books and films. But the author wants a new audience as a film producer.
Meyer produced Austenland, starring Keri Russell and based on the novel by Meyer's friend Shannon Hale. The film, directed by Jerusha Hess, opens in limited release on Friday.
Although Meyer was a producer for The Twilight Saga-Breaking Dawn films and the movie adaptation of her novel The Host, this is the first time she's produced someone else's work. She said in a recent interview that she got to be "a little bit more hands-on, a little more dirty" with producing duties.
Austenland is a romantic comedy about a single 30-something woman (Russell) obsessed with Jane Austen novels who spends her life savings to visit a British Jane Austen theme park.