Wuthering Heights on screen

Wuthering Heights has been adapted for the screen many times, not even counting spin-offs like Sparkhouse or parody clips and such. Here is a chronological list according to IMDb:

  1. Wuthering Heights (1920)
  2. Wuthering Heights (1939)
  3. Wuthering Heights (1948)
  4. Wuthering Heights (1954)
  5. Wuthering Heights (1962)
  6. Wuthering Heights (1967)
  7. Wuthering Heights (1978)
  8. Wuthering Heights (1970)
  9. Hurlevent (1985) – French
  10. Arashi ga oka (1988) – Japanese
  11. Wuthering Heights (1992)
  12. Wuthering Heights (1998)
  13. Wuthering Heights (2003)
  14. Cime tempestose (2004) – Italian
  15. Wuthering Heights (2009)
  16. Wuthering Heights (2011)

The last one says 2011, gasp! So … what do we know about the latest version, number 16?

Well, it’s …

  • yet another adaptation, hot on the heels of a TV adaptation so Brontëites will wonder why on earth they had to make another one so soon (I know I do)
  • changed cast frequently (last I heard, Gemma Arterton was set to play Cathy – apparently she isn’t)
  • directed by Andrea Arnold
  • will premiere at the Venice Film Festival
  • set to be released 30 September 2011 here in the UK, which is a bit puzzling, considering the new Jane Eyre comes out only three weeks earlier! (WTF kind of timing is that?!)
  • got the first black actor playing Heathcliff (ooh, that’s actually quite interesting)
  • made by Ecosse Films 
  • going to be made to suit the Twilight crowd (…oh FFS)
  • screenplay was written by Olivia Hetreed (previous works include Girl with a Pearl Earring, which I’ve yet to see)
  • filmed in North Yorkshire (Cotescue Park in Coverham; Moor Close Farm in Muker, Swaledale; and Thwaite)
  • surprisingly un-talked about, as in, there seems to be very little information about it, even though it’s only 2,5 months left before it opens now

As to the actual casting … that deserves a post all on its own, I reckon. 🙂

Are you excited to see a new adaptation of Wuthering Heights or do you wish just for once they’d pay attention to the other Brontë novels other than Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre?

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