Maybury to direct Bronte’s ‘Heights’

Olivia Hetreed adapts classic gothic romance

John Maybury will direct a feature adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic gothic romance “Wuthering Heights.”

Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of Ecosse Films are producing the project, which HanWay Films will sell internationally.

Olivia Hetreed (“The Girl With a Pearl Earring”) penned the script; casting is under way to shoot in the fall.

“Wuthering Heights,” published in 1847, is a tempestuous love story about obsessive passion across the class divide, set on the Yorkshire Moors. It has been adapted for film and TV more than a dozen times, most famously in 1939 with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. A 1992 version starred Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.

Maybury is now completing “The Edge of Love.” Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy star in the romantic drama about Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Maybury previously directed “The Jacket” and “Love Is the Devil.”

Ecosse and HanWay have collaborated on two other literary period pics — “Brideshead Revisited,” due for release this year, and last year’s “Becoming Jane,” both directed by Julian Jarrold.