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Andrea Arnold Taking on Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

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January 19, 2010

Andrea Arnold / Wuthering Heights

I don't think enough people have seen Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank yet, which is a shame because it's such a great film. But as always, before anyone gets to see a great director's current film, we start talking about what that director is doing next. Variety reports that Andrea Arnold has signed on to direct Ecosse Films' adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel Wuthering Heights. This adaptation has been in development for a while, but none of the rumored actresses (Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish, Gemma Arterton) are still attached to this version. But with Arnold on board, Ecosse is hoping to go into production on this by spring.

Bronte's novel Wuthering Heights tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate, yet thwarted, love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many people around them. "Andrea has previously said that the only book she would ever direct would be Wuthering Heights, because of the passionate, impossible love story at its center and its elements of class divide," producer Robert Bernstein said. "It's a very lucky coincidence for us that we've found each other." Arnold normally only directs material she's written, but will be work from Olivia Hetreed's script this time.

If you get the chance, go see Fish Tank. I'm not a fan of Arnold's first film, Red Road, but she really proves how talented she actually is with Fish Tank. Wuthering Heights isn't the only Bronte novel being adapted. Sin Nombre's Cary Fukunaga is working on an adaptation of Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska set to star.

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  • Xerxex
    hmm...why? its sounds extremely dull.
  • N
    I presume this is the same version we're talking about: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181614/ Starring Gemma Arterton and Ed Westwick. Wuthering Heights is one of the best novels I've read. It's not easy to turn into movie though... Have seen the '39 and '92 version and they were both just average. Not enough hate or passion in the actors maybe...
  • Xerxex
    I think that is the problem with it this adaptation, being that it has been attempted twice in movie from and they both failed, maybe third times the charm?
  • NEWS
    NEWS JANE EYRE Brilliant and haunting new adaptation by Moira Buffini of Charlotte Bronte's classic Victorian novel. It follows the orphan Jane through her abused childhood, her time as governess of Thornfield Manor - where she falls in love with her Byronic employer and uncovers his dark romantic past - through to her time with the Rivers family where her cold clergyman cousin proposes to her which leads her to a final reunion and marriage to her beloved Rochester The director is Cary Fukunaga (SIN NOMBRE) and the producer is Alison Owen at Ruby Films Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star as Jane Eyre and Rochester.
  • Paul Daniggelis
    If you are searching for the best of the MANY filmed versions of Wuthering Heights, look no further than the 1978 BBC mini-series starring Kay Adshead and Ken Hutchinson.
  • NEWS
    From: Gail Stevens (Gail Stevens Casting) Sent: Monday, 25 January 2010, 18:36 CLOSING DATE: Friday, 26 February 2010, 23:59 Dear All, Any suggestions gratefully received. Andrea is looking for someone special - authenticity being the key. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Feature Film) Based on Emily Brontë's classic novel. Company: ECOSSE FILMS Producer: ROBERT BERNSTEIN, KEVIN LOADER Director: ANDREA ARNOLD Casting Director: Gail Stevens Location: UK (Location TBC) Dates (Shooting, Rehearsal, etc.): 8 weeks from end of April Role: HEATHCLIFF (Male) Description: 16-24 years old. Genuine Romany Gypsy or of South Asian/Mediterranean appearance. Brooding. Ideally from Yorkshire. No experience necessary. Role: CATHERINE EARNSHAW (Female) Description: 15-21 years old. Pale-skinned, fair-haired, feisty. Genuine Yorkshire actresses preferred. Light Yorkshire accent required. No experience necessary.
  • emma.eliza@yahoo.co.uk
    hi, does anyone have gail stevens email address... office@gailstevenscasting.com wont send for some reason?!
  • Amber Doig-Thorne
    Hello, my name is Amber Doig-Thorne. I am a 15 year old girl. I am immensely interested in the part and would love to have the chance to audition; it would be a dream come true for me. I am 5ft 4in tall, dress size 8-10, have long dark brown curly hair and clear blue/green eyes. I have a big personality, am very bubbly, love to be on camera and am very outgoing. I love to talk in front of people, and I would love to take part in this movie. I love to act and take on the role of someone else; learn what they would do and how they would act in different situations. I am very good at learning lines.

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