Andrea Arnold Taking on Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
by Alex Billington
January 19, 2010
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.