Gay ‘Pride & Prejudice’

Before the Fall will be available for streaming on Tuesday, May 30. No, not a movie adaptation of Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley’s best-selling suspense novel of that name, but rather a contemporary gay version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice!

In the film, Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet becomes Ben Bennet, “a dashing attorney at the top of the genteel social set in southern Virginia.” Lee Darcy “is a brooding, beaten-down welder with a secret he tries to drink away.” Romantic complications ensue.

Before the Fall is available now for pre-order purchase on iTunes and Vudu, and its producers say you’ll be able to rent it on those services, plus on Google Play and Amazon, starting  Tuesday.

As for that other Before the Fall, Hawley signed with Sony to develop it into a movie even before the novel was published.

That one’s still in development, but if you’re searching for the new Before the Fall, be aware of stumbling upon at least three more full-length movies with the same title (not to mention a bunch of shorts): a 2004 Nazi-era drama from Germany; a 2008 science-fiction flick from Spain; and a 2015 war thriller from Cambodia/Singapore/Australia.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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