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Breaking Loose with the Brontes

By Brian Prisco | Industry | January 21, 2010 |

By Brian Prisco | Industry | January 21, 2010 |

So the Bronte sisters are due for some makeovers in the next year or so. I guess Jane Austen’s too busy having her canon B-movie serialized for our displeasure. So now some hot new directors move on to the other ladymakers to see if they can break that sophomore slump.

Cary Fukunaga, who directed what should be the best foreign picture of the year but won’t be — Sin Nombre — is due to remake Jane Eyre. In his version, he’s planning on focusing more on the Gothic. I’d much rather see him tackle Wide Sargasso Sea, but that’s just me. Fukunaga does well with the despairing and downtrodden, so I like this.

Meanwhile, Andrea Arnold, fresh from her buzz on Fish Tank (which I guess I will be reviewing after all), has decided to take on Wuthering Heights. The Wuthering Heights project has been passed like a dirty diaper around town, and finally landed in Arnold’s lap. I think she’ll do a bang-up job, as she wants to focus on the young romance aspect of the novel.

A bunch of actresses have been circling around Catherine — Natalie Portman among them (which would be a hell of a conflict of interest if she’s supposed to play Eliza in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). Michael Fassbinder was also in talks to play Heathcliff — which would seem more likely considering his major role in Fish Tank — but he’s all but signed to Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre against Mia Wasikowska.

Either way, I’m kind of interested to see if either director goes the traditionalist route or if they update the settings and the storyline. I’m more interested in seeing a re-envisioning, particularly from Fukunaga.

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