Wuthering Heights Finally Finds a Director

January 20, 2010

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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