Portman Haunts New Wuthering Heights

Natalie Portman will star as Catherine Earnshaw in a new big screen adaptation of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” for Ecosse Films and Hanway Films reports the trades.

Bronte’s only novel, ‘Heights’ is a true classic of English literature. The story tells of the intense and yet ultimately thwarted passion between Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

Olivia Hetreed (“Girl With a Pearl Earring”) will adapt the script and John Maybury will direct, but no start date has been set.

Portman beat out both Keira Knightley and Lindsay Lohan who were previously attached to star. Ecosse and Hanway previousl re-teamed on the forthcoming “Brideshead Revisited” opening late July.

The book has been adapted numerous times before, most memorably in a 1939 film with Laurence Olivier and David Niven which only portrayed events in half of the novel.

Timothy Dalton starred in a 1970’s version, whilst Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche had early career success in a 1992 version. The most recent was an MTV production with Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen in 2003.