Fukunaga Helms Gothic “Jane Eyre”

Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”) is in advanced negotiations to direct a feature adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic work “Jane Eyre” for Ruby Films and BBC Films says Variety.

Much like the BBC’s recent update of Dickens’ “Bleak House”, this version will be a less romanticised, more gothic adaptation of Bronte’s already quite dark work and sounds to be more focused on the events at Thornfield Manor than the chapters set at her school or with the Rivers family.

The story follows a governess who softens the heart of her notably older employer Edward Rochester, but mysterious noises and attacks in the manor house hint at someone else residing there – a terrible secret kept locked away that on occasion manages to escape and wreak havoc.

Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits are producing while Moira Buffini (“Tamara Drewe,” TV’s “Murder Most Horrid”) adapted the script. Ellen Page was previously attached to star but is no longer a part of the project.