Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jane Eyre 2011

This is kind of old news by now, but I haven't done a post on it yet, so. . . 

A couple of years ago, there was a rumour going around that BBC Films were set to make *another* adaptation of Jane Eyre - remember, this was only just after the BBC's 2006 adaptation had been aired! Canadian actress Ellen Page (Juno) was to star as Jane Eyre.

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Mia Wasikowska. Does anyone else think she looks like a grown-up Georgie Henley? - Who, incidentally, played the young Jane Eyre in JE 2006.

Ellen Page left the project some time ago, but late last year it was reported that Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (who had been rumoured to be the latest Heathcliff, but it would seem that honour will now be going to Ed Westwick) would star as Jane and Rochester, respectively.

Michael Fassbender. I think he looks adequately Rochesterian. 

Have a look at this article from Variety:

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are in negotiations to star in "Sin nombre" helmer Cary Fukunaga's feature adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel, "Jane Eyre."

Brit shingle Ruby Films' Alison Owen and Paul Trijbits are producing with Focus Features and BBC Films from a script by Moira Buffini. Focus holds worldwide rights to the pic.

Project is a period piece but will play up the gothic elements of the story about Jane (Wasikowska), a demure governess who discovers her surly employer Rochester (Fassbender) is harboring a dark secret. The book is one of the most iconic in English literature and has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations.

Wasikowska will next be seen as Alice alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," which Disney is releasing next year. The actress is also set to star in helmer Gus Van Sant's untitled project for producers Dallas Bryce Howard and Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Fassbender previously appeared in Steve McQueen's "Hunger," Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank."

He will next be seen in Neil Marshall's Roman actioner "Centurion" and Warner Bros.' "Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox.

Ellen Page was previously attached to star as the eponymous heroine but left the project some time ago.

Lensing is due to begin next year.

"Playing up the Gothic elements of Jane Eyre"? Hmmm. . .  I wonder what exactly that will mean.

So - yet another adaptation of Jane Eyre. Your thoughts?

My thoughts are: why, why WHY can't they adapt a Bronte novel that isn't Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? The Brontes wrote numerous other masterpieces, but you'd never guess it judging by the screen adaptations that have been made of the sisters' books. Somebody, somewhere, please make a movie version of Villette. . . 

But having said all that, I'm still moderately excited about this latest Jane Eyre, and will certainly go to see it if/when it comes out in cinemas. Filming is supposed to begin this March.

13 comments:

Marian said...

While I REALLY would like them to do Villette and Shirley--both excellent stories--I have yet to see the perfect Jane Eyre adaptation, so I will definitely go see this one if it looks appropriate and everything. I don't know what they mean by "playing up the Gothic elements", unless they're going to turn Rochester into a vampire...you never know! :P Haven't seen either of those actors, but they look all right.

I'm not too hopeful about this adaptation turning out good, though...what with all the weird adaptations for the big screen that have been coming out lately.

Annette Piper said...

I really enjoyed the last BBC Jane Eyre with Toby Stephens - I can't see why they need to make it again for at least a few years! I agree, make another story rather than the same ones, over and over again...

The Editrix said...
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The Editrix said...

I don't know what they mean by "playing up the Gothic elements", unless they're going to turn Rochester into a vampire...you never know

*Shudders* let's hope not!!!

Joanna said...

I'm in the middle of the book now, and haven't seen the other movies, but it looks like something I would be interested in seeing.

When I saw that picture I thought it WAS Georgie Henley. Sometimes I forget to read captions. :-)

Enbrethiliel said...

+JMJ+

I'm not familiar with either Wasikowska or Fassbender, so I hope this new adaptation will be a good introduction to both of them.

While I, too, kind of rolled my eyes at yet *another* Jane Eyre adaptation, I wonder whether the Brontes and Jane Austen have written the movie equivalent of "standards"--stories that filmmakers will continue to "cover" whether people are tired of them or not . . . because nobody is really tired of them!

The Editrix said...

Enbrethiliel:

While I, too, kind of rolled my eyes at yet *another* Jane Eyre adaptation, I wonder whether the Brontes and Jane Austen have written the movie equivalent of "standards"--stories that filmmakers will continue to "cover" whether people are tired of them or not . . . because nobody is really tired of them!

Very true.

Joanna, hope you're enjoying the book!

Nibs said...

I'm a bit confused, is Fassbender still playing Rochester? Ed Westwick just seems way too old for the part. (Though after seeing Fassbender play a serial killer in a very poor BBC Sherlock Holmes film, I can't envision him as Rochester much, either!)

P.S. - I linked you at my blog, Elise - I'd love it if you'd stop by!

The Editrix said...

Michael Fassbender *is* playing Rochester, but he won't be playing Heathcliff. As far as I know, Ed Westwick will still be playing Heathcliff in the new adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

I just checked out your blog, and it's gorgeous! Did you design the layout yourself?

Nibs said...

^ ^
Oh, okay, that makes much more sense! Don't mix up your Brontes, lol.

And thanks for visiting and commenting! I did design the layout, but it didn't take much work, I only added a background pattern and changed the color of the wrapper and fonts. :)

Rebekah said...

Another Jane Eyre?? Goodness!! The JUST made the one with Toby Stevens... Wow! I will be interested to see it though!

She does remind me of Georgie Henely!


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Hannah said...

She DOES look like a grown up Georgia Henley! That's funny! ^^

I LOVED Jane Eyre--I'll have to watch it when it comes out. :)

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--Hannah

kailorien said...

I actually found this blog through a search engine trying to find more info on the newest Jane Eyre Adaption lol
Jane Eyre would have to be one of, if not my favorite, piece of classic fiction. I'm not a stickler for rules, so as long as script-writers stick to the story and its a good film I'm generally pretty happy with them to keep re-making it!

I particularily loved the 2006 minni series. Ruth and Toby really did it for me, but I'm equally as interested to see Michael Fassbender as Rochester. I've been a fan of his for a while now (first saw him in 300) and I really think he has the skill to pull off 'My' Rochester.
Mia, I've yet to see works from, but hey, if she can make it alongside Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, then I'm willing to give the girl a fair go. She's also an aussie, which makes me love her even more lol.

'Sin Nombre'- Cary's last movie was totally captivating. He's also a talented cinematographer, so this will hopefully mean he'll have a great deal of imput on just how beautiful this film turns out visually.

-Stacey