Webber, Westwick, Arterton Climb “Heights”

Peter Webber (“Girl With a Pearl Earring,” “Hannibal Rising”) is set to direct the long-gestating new film adaptationof the literary classic “Wuthering Heights” for Ecosse Films says The Hollywood Reporter.

A year ago John Maybury was to direct the project with “Hunger” actor Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman set to play lovers Heathcliff and Cathy.

Now, Ed Westwick (TV’s “Gossip Girl,” “Children of Men”) and Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace,” “Rocknrolla”) have stepped in to play the pair destined for tragedy. ‘Earring’ scribe Olivia Hetreed wrote the script.

Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae will produce.