Variety reports that John Maybury has signed to direct a new feature film version of Emily Brontë's, Wuthering Heights. Maybury is currently working on the Dylan Thomas film, The Edge of Love (every time I hear that title it just gets worse; sounds like a bad Harlequin novel, but I digress). Olivia Hetreed (Girl with a Pearl Earring) has already written a script, but there is no word on whether she has any changes for the story in mind. Heights was the story of Cathy and Heathcliff. Heathcliff is a rough and low-born hellion and Cathy was a slightly stuck up rich girl. During their time growing up together they find a kind of obsessive love that in the end basically ruins both of them (of course, like most classics, most of the 'good' stuff is clouded in innuendo and metaphor). There is plenty more to it, but if you know the story, then you know that's pretty much the gist of it.

At least three feature film versions have already been made from the book, including a surrealist take from Luis Buñuel in 1954. The most famous is the 1939 version starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. Other attempts starred the 'much maligned Bond' Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall. Another version in 1992 starred Ralph Fiennes and Heathcliff and Juliette Binoche in dual roles as Cathy and her daughter. Heights was published way back in 1847, so you have to admire a girl who has the nerve to write such a 'saucy' book in those days. It's not often you come across implications of incest and necrophilia in your classic literature. Production is set to begin this fall and casting has already gotten underway. So stay tuned to Cinematical to find out who our next Cathy and Heathcliff are going to be.