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Post by Admin on Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:40 am

If you remember, Michael was going to play Rochester, now Fish Tank's director is going to be directing this movie.

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=26763

Andrea Arnold Climbs Wuthering Heights
Tragic romance for Fish Tank's creator
Source: Variety
Andrea Arnold Climbs Wuthering Heights

The latest cinematic version of Emily Bronte's classic tome Wuthering Heights has had a hell of a time finding a Cathy or a director. But now it has one of them at least: Fish Tank's Andrea Arnold has signed to call the shots.

The team at Ecosse Films must be wiping their collective brows - and crossing their equally collective fingers that she sticks around longer than John Maybury and Peter Webber, who both flirted with the idea of the directing job, but ultimately vacated the chair.

And with Arnold in place, the movie might finally lock down a cast, since seemingly every suitable actress, including Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arteton have been attached to the role of doomed lover Cathy at one point or another.

Olivia Hetreed has adapted the novel, which sees a damaged romance play out between the moody Heathcliff and the passionate Cathy, even after she dies and haunts his life.

While it's an unexpected turn for her - she's only ever worked on her own scripts in the past, and nothing quite as high profile as one of England's most famous literary titles - the intense emotions and troubled characters of both sexes would seem to be a good fit.

Oh, and she loves the book too, apparently: "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 gushed to Variety. "It's a very lucky coincidence for us that we've found each other."
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Fish Tank Director Andrea Arnold to Helm Wuthering Heights

The Brontë family is coming back to movie screens in a big way. There’s the new version of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, to be directed by Sin Nombre’s Cary Fukunaga. And now a long in development revamp of Wuthering Heights, the only novel by Charlotte’s sister Emily Brontë, has its own director. Andrea Arnold, currently getting attention for her Cannes hit Fish Tank (see the new trailer here) has signed on to direct the film.

As Variety reports, Arnold is the third director to come on board in the past year. John Maybury was first to come and go, then Peter Webber was briefly on board earlier this winter. Olivia Hetreed’s script remains the blueprint for the film. There is no cast at this point, though several actresses have circled or been attached to the project. Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arterton have all been associated with the role of Catherine (the elder Catherine, I believe, not the character’s daughter, Cathy) to various degrees in the past, but none are signed at this point.

There was a point last year when Michael Fassbender was rumored for Heathcliff, i.e. the other half of the story’s doomed central couple. At the time, nothing came of the rumor, but expect it to crop up in earnest again now, given that Fassbender is a big part of Fish Tank. I wouldn’t expect much to come of that, however, as Fassbender is already cast opposite Mia Wasikowska in the new Jane Eyre.

Arnold is a great choice for the film, and her experience with a film like Fish Tank and her touch with young female characters should help mitigate the cries of “Twilight!” when people read that the film “will emphasize the youthful, teenage aspect of the protagonists in the original source material.” This should make quite a good pairing with Fukunaga’s take on Jayne Eyre, which has been said to emphasize the gothic aspects of the novel.

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Andrea Arnold Wuthering Heights

Back in the summer of last year, it was announced that Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince Of Persia, Clash Of The Titans) is going to play Cathy while actor Ed Westwick will play Heathcliff in the adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS with Peter Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) attached to direct. But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore because Variety reported that a new director is now in charge and suggested that Arterton is nowhere near the project anymore..

Andrea Arnold is a British filmmaker who won Oscar for the short film Wasp back in 2003, last year she directed a critically acclaimed film Fish Tank which just opened recently here in the U.S. Arnold has signed on to direct WUTHERING HEIGHTS based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. The story It’s gone through so many movie version. Laurence Olivier’s in the 30s, and then there was Timothy Dalton’s rendition and I don’t know if you still remember the Ralph Fiennes and Juliet Binochet’s version.

Here’s the official synopsis of the book…
“Heathcliff and Cathy believe they’re destined to love each other forever, but when cruelty and snobbery separate them, their untamed emotions literally consume them.
Set amid the wild andstormy Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights, an unpolished and devastating epic of childhood playmates who grow into soul mates, is widely regarded as the most original tale of thwarted desire and heartbreak in the English language.”

The trades also stated that when it comes to casting, they still haven’t settled on who should play the character Cathy, names like Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arterton were attached at one point.. get this, at one point, John Maybury was supposed to direct, Michael Fassbender was supposed to play Heathcliff and Natalie Portman was supposed to play Cathy. Maybe Arnold will call the star of Fish Tank, Fassbender to try this out again.
Screenplay is still by scribe Olivia Hetreed

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Fish Tank Director Arnold Moves To Wuthering Heights
By Katey Rich: 2010-01-20 11:32:08

Fish Tank Director Arnold Moves To Wuthering Heights Indie auteur Andrea Arnold has already made a name for herself with just two features under her belt, both of them-- Fish Tank and Red Road-- taking dark psychological looks at modern women in potentially perilous circumstances. You'd think she would stick to her path of writing and directing her own films, but Arnold has thrown in a curveball-- Variety is reporting that she'll be directing an adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

The movie has gone through a revolving door of cast and director changes over the past few years, with Natalie Portman and Gemma Arterton both at one point attached to play the lead character, and directors Peter Webber and John Maybury both signing on before bailing. No actors are currently attached, but given the rave reviews that both Katie Jarvis and Michael Fassbender received for their Fish Tank performances, I imagine there will be people lining up for the honor.

Fassbender actually was considered for a role in an earlier incarnation of the film, but given that Arnold apparently intends to focus on the characters as teenagers-- lead character Catherine is 18 during most of the book-- Fassbender is likely too old to qualify. It'll be interesting to see if Arnold sticks to her indie guns and goes with an unknown for the role, or if this is a step toward a starrier career. Either way, she's earned the right to do how she pleases.

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Wuthering Heights Finally Finds a Director

After director Andrea Arnold's newest film, Fish Tank, made a big splash at Cannes (sorry), she was bound to get hooked up with a big movie. And hooked up she is: Arnold will be helming the long-in-development adaptation of Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights."

Cinematical tells us that the film has gone through several potential directors and stars, but it looks like Arnold is actually going to stick:

John Maybury was tapped to helm Wuthering Heights a year ago, and he left last summer after Natalie Portman danced in and out of the production. Then Peter Webber came along in December, just to leave a month later and make way for this great nugget of news... This is the first feature that she hasn't written, and more importantly -- her first classic and period piece. But it might not be so surprising once you learn that it's something of a passion project. Producer Robert Bernstein says: "Andrea has previously said that the only book she would ever depict would be Wuthering Heights because of the passionate, impossible love story at its center and its elements of class divide."

It's good to hear they've finally got a director who's perfect to adapt this novel. It's gone through many an adaptation, starting William Wyler's movie from 1939.

It will be interesting to see who gets tapped to play the leads of Heathcliff (played in '39 by the intimidating Laurence Olivier) and Cathy. This sounds like something that could be right up Keira Knightley's alley, and since she seems to have a slightly clearer schedule these days she could be a great fit.

There are rumors that Michael Fassbender, who starred in Arnold's Fish Tank, might take on the role of Heathcliff, though that seems unlikely considering he's starring in the adaptation of Jane Eyre (the "sequel" to Bronte's novel, written after her death by sister Charlotte) with Mia Wasikowska.

Any thoughts on who you'd like to see in this literary awesomeness?

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
ANDREA ARNOLD TO DIRECT "WUTHERING HEIGHTS"

According to "Variety" British director Andrea Arnold ("Fish Tank", Oscar-winning short-film-maker, the star of the Cannes film festival) has signed a deal to direct a new adaptation of Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights". The adaptation of the favourite female novel of all times has had a lot of problems so far. Both Peter Weber and John Maybury have left the helm of this movie last year. Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arterton were all attached at one point to play the female lead, while young Ed Westwick might play Heathcliff. With Andrea Arnold on board, the project will probably start production this spring. The film is said to emphasize the youthful, teen aspect of the main characters in the original source material.
As you know, "Jane Eire" will also get adapted onto the big screen with Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska in the main roles.

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Fish Tank Director Andrea Arnold to Helm Wuthering Heights

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 by Russ Fischer

The Brontë family is coming back to movie screens in a big way. There’s the new version of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, to be directed by Sin Nombre’s Cary Fukunaga. And now a long in development revamp of Wuthering Heights, the only novel by Charlotte’s sister Emily Brontë, has its own director. Andrea Arnold, currently getting attention for her Cannes hit Fish Tank (see the new trailer here) has signed on to direct the film.

As Variety reports, Arnold is the third director to come on board in the past year. John Maybury was first to come and go, then Peter Webber was briefly on board earlier this winter. Olivia Hetreed’s script remains the blueprint for the film. There is no cast at this point, though several actresses have circled or been attached to the project. Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arterton have all been associated with the role of Catherine (the elder Catherine, I believe, not the character’s daughter, Cathy) to various degrees in the past, but none are signed at this point.

There was a point last year when Michael Fassbender was rumored for Heathcliff, i.e. the other half of the story’s doomed central couple. At the time, nothing came of the rumor, but expect it to crop up in earnest again now, given that Fassbender is a big part of Fish Tank. I wouldn’t expect much to come of that, however, as Fassbender is already cast opposite Mia Wasikowska in the new Jane Eyre.

Arnold is a great choice for the film, and her experience with a film like Fish Tank and her touch with young female characters should help mitigate the cries of “Twilight!” when people read that the film “will emphasize the youthful, teenage aspect of the protagonists in the original source material.” This should make quite a good pairing with Fukunaga’s take on Jayne Eyre, which has been said to emphasize the gothic aspects of the novel.

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Andrea Arnold to Helm 'Wuthering Heights'!

by Monika Bartyzel Jan 20th 2010 // 9:46AM

There's surprising -- and dare I say it, awesome -- news in Brontë land! John Maybury was tapped to helm Wuthering Heights a year ago, and he left last summer after Natalie Portman danced in and out of the production. Then Peter Webber came along in December, just to leave a month later and make way for this great nugget of news -- Variety reports that Andrea Arnold is the new director.

Yes, the woman behind the achingly chilling Red Road, who is currently making waves with her latest feature, Fish Tank. This is the first feature that she hasn't written, and more importantly -- her first classic and period piece. But it might not be so surprising once you learn that it's something of a passion project. Producer Robert Bernstein says: "Andrea has previously said that the only book she would ever depict would be Wuthering Heights because of the passionate, impossible love story at its center and its elements of class divide. It's a very lucky coincidence for us that we've found each other."

With Arnold, the production could begin as early as this spring, from Olivia Hetreed's script. However, there's still the matter of the stars. Along with Portman, Abbie Cornish and Gemma Arterton have circled the project, but none have stuck and Cathy remains up in the air. I wonder, however, if Arnold's involvement means good things for Heathcliff. As Elisabeth noted last year, Michael Fassbender was part of the rumor mill, and being the star of Fish Tank, this might just make that rumor a reality.

Who would you choose?

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ANDREA ARNOLD ON ‘HUGE RESPONSIBILITY’ OF BRONTE FILM
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Andrea Arnold on ‘huge responsibility’ of Bronte film
By Tim Masters
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Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank took the jury prize at Cannes in 2009

Andrea Arnold, the Oscar-winning director of Fish Tank, has spoken of the “huge responsibility” that comes with her new project Wuthering Heights.

It was announced last month that Arnold would be taking on Olivia Hetreed’s adaptation of the Emily Bronte novel.

Arnold won a Bafta for her 2006 debut Red Road and an Oscar in 2004 for her short film Wasp.

“Wuthering Heights is something close to my heart,” Arnold said at the London Evening Standard Film Awards this week.

“I think it’s close to a lot of people’s hearts which makes it a huge responsibility. It may not be to everyone’s taste but that’s okay.”

It is the first time Arnold will direct a film that she has not written. She took over the project from Peter Webber, director of Girl With a Pearl Earring.

Arnold told the BBC: “It dropped out of the sky before Christmas for me, and I never thought I would ever take on an adaptation of a book of any kind or even someone else’s script.”

Class story

Fish Tank featured newcomer Katie Jarvis alongside Michael Fassbender

Arnold said Wuthering Heights had a lot in common with her gritty Essex drama Fish Tank, which took the jury prize at Cannes in 2009, and won best film at the Evening Standard film awards.

“Think about Heathcliff, he’s an outsider, he’s a Gypsy boy. It’s a big class story. All my films have been about class, and Wuthering Heights is more of the same,” she said.

“We are in pre-production, running up and down to Yorkshire and meeting people. It’s forming itself.”

Asked about casting, Arnold said: “I’ve got a picture of someone on my phone, but I’m not going to show you!”

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Andrea Arnold in pre-production on WUTHERING HEIGHTS
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February 11th, 2010

Coming hot off the huge critical success of her latest effort, FISH TANK (second best film of last year in the eyes of yours truly), Andrea Arnold is wasting no time in getting her recently announced adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic, Wuthering Heights.

Arnold spoke to the BBC at the recent London Evening Standard Film Awards, and had this to say:

“Wuthering Heights is something close to my heart. I think it’s close to a lot of people’s hearts which makes it a huge responsibility. It may not be to everyone’s taste but that’s okay. We are in pre-production, running up and down to Yorkshire and meeting people. It’s forming itself.”

The legendary novel follows Catherine Earnshaw, who has a love affair with her foster brother Heathcliff, that eventually has massive consequences. The screenplay was written by Olivia Hetreed.

No cast has yet been set for this version, but previous adaptations have gone through a lot of talent, including Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish, Ed Westwick, and even FISH TANK co-star, Michael Fassbender. Arnold said that she has a picture of the actress she wants to cast on her phone, so there should be some sort of news on this in the coming days. Personally, I would either like her to pick someone completely unknown, like she did with FISH TANK, or bring back Katie Jarvis, the star of that film.

All I do know is that this, no matter who she casts, this will be one film that will be must see material. She knocked it out of the park with her latest film, as well as the one prior, RED ROAD, and it will be interesting to see what this great film maker does with this classic source material.

What do you think? Who should be cast in this film?

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