Prolific producer Greg Berlanti may have two more wins under his belt as he has sold two dramas to NBC. First up is an hour-long drama series based on Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.” Set in the Napa Valley, Napa will be written by Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth). Donaghy, Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman will co-executive produce the hour, which has a put-pilot commitment from the network. The story, originally published in the mid-1800s, centers on the doomed relationship between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Hit the jump for info on Berlanti’s family drama, Family Affair.
A new trailer for Fish Tank writer/director Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of the Emily Bronte classic Wuthering Heights has landed online, and it’s wildly impressive. For those unfamiliar with the source material, the story centers on the unresolved passion between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, and how their love creates a storm of vengeance. The atmosphere on display in this trailer evokes another recent (and brilliant) Bronte sister adaptation, Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, as we see a whirlwind of emotions between the leads Kaya Scodelario (Skins) and Jason Howson. Arnold’s visuals are striking (the film’s aspect ratio is an unusual 1.37:1) and the trailer is accompanied by a stellar new song from Mumford & Sons, written specifically for this film.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, and click here to check out Steve’s interview with Arnold from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK last year but finally hits the U.S. in limited release early next month.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I was able to sit down with writer-director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road) for an extended interview about her adaptation of Wuthering Heights that stars James Howson, Kaya Scodelario, Steve Evets, and Nichola Burley. Here’s the short synopsis:
“What would you do if you were denied your soulmate? The passionate tale of Heathclith and Cathy, two teenagers whose elemental love for each other creates a storm of vengeance. From Andrea Arnold, comes a new take on the classic, a startling vision of desire and obsession.”
Like her previous films, Arnold has added a realistic take to the material, and it was one of my favorite films at Sundance. During the interview, Arnold talked about being at Sundance, how she got involved in the project, her writing process, having the film vary its aesthetic depending on the characters age, what she learned from showing the movie to friends, film vs. digital, what she has coming up, and a lot more. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.
Yesterday, Sundance announced the line-ups for the in-competition categories. Today, we’re moving into the out-of-competition films and just because they’re not competing for an award, doesn’t mean they won’t be great. Sundance has announced their line-ups for the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=>, and New Frontier categories. There are a lot of exciting films in these categories, but I’m over the moon that Sundance will be getting The Raid. The movie got massive love coming out of TIFF this year, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights, and I’m going to make sure there’s a spot for it in my Sundance schedule. Other noteworthy movies include Monsieur Lazhar, Wuthering Heights, and Black Rock (a horror film from The Freebie director Katie Aselton and her husband/Cyrus co-writer-director Mark Duplass).
Hit the jump for the line-ups. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.
As an iconoclastic adaptation of a classic novel, Wuthering Heights came out of the Toronto International Film Festival with decidedly mixed reviews. Thankfully for all involved—and the curious like myself—the movie also came home with a distribution deal through Oscilloscope. The first teaser trailer is online, and highlights the beautiful cinematography and the insistent silence. (Also, the unusual 1.37:1 aspect ratio.)
James Howson, Kaya Scodelario, Steve Evets, and Nichola Burley star in Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank). Watch the trailer after the jump.
The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close. We covered the hell out of it and we’ve got loads of interviews still to post. Today, TIFF announced the winners in three award categories for Canadian films and the winners of the Cadillac People’s Choice Awards. Nathan Morlando’s crime drama Edwin Boyd (pictured above) won Best Canadian First Feature Film, Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar picked up the award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and Ian Harnarine’ Doubles With Slight Pepper was awarded Best Canadian Short Film. As for the Cadillac People’s Choice Awards, Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now? won the top prize, Jon Shenk’s The Island President won in the documentary category, and Gareth Evans’ The Raid picked up the award for The Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award.
Hit the jump for the full press release along with a list of all the films that were sold to distributors. Keep in mind that just because a film didn’t sell during the festival, that doesn’t mean it won’t be picked up for distribution in the near future.
Sales out of the Toronto International Film Festival started slow, but the market is picking up. As evidence, I present news of three new acquisitions. IFC Films will leave Toronto with at least a trio of films, now that they’ve added Your Sister’s Sister, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, and The Incident to their upcoming slate. Meanwhile, Oscilloscope entered the game with a high-profile acquisition: Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Hit the jump for more on each film, including cast and synopses.
With the announcement of new additions to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, new images have gone online. After the jump you’ll find the first images from The Awakening (starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton), Hysteria (starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal), Winnie (starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard), and Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Hit the jump to check out the new images and a synopsis for each film. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th. [We've updated the story with the trailer for Hysteria]
A task can’t get “more impossible”, but the prospect of seeing everything I want at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival just got more impossible. We’ve already shown you the incredible line-ups for the Galas & Special Presentations, Real-to-Reel (Documentary), Midnight Madness, Vanguard, TIFF Kids, City to City, Canadian Features, and Canada First! programs. Now even more must-see movies have been thrown into the mix. TIFF has announced that the spy thriller Page Eight (starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes) will be the closing night film in the Galas section. Other films added to Galas and Special Presentations include Sleeping Beauty (starring Emily Browning), Winnie (starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard), Intruders (starring Clive Owen), Violet & Daisy (starring Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel), and more.
Hit the jump to check out the additions to the Galas and Special Presenations line-up. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th. Click here for all of our TIFF 2011 coverage.
At this point in my life, the possibility I could go to the Venice Film Festival is about the same as me going to Mars. However, this fall I would much prefer to go to Venice because Mars doesn’t have an amazing selection of films lined up for their film festival (at least not that I know of). We already knew that George Clooney’s The Ides of March would be opening the festival but Variety has now confirmed some must-see films will be premiering in Venice as well. Among the high-profile movies playing in competition are Roman Polanski’s Carnage, Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.
Hit the jump for the complete list of movies announced thus far for Venice and my speculation on what will be left to debut at Toronto. The 2011 Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st through September 10th.
by Ben Brown Posted: November 13th, 2010 at 5:04 am
Our coverage of AFM (American Film Market) keeps on rolling, with Steve nabbing both a photo of the promo poster and a synopsis for Wuthering Heights, the upcoming adaptation of the Emily Brontë novel from director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Red Road). Hit the jump to check out the promo poster and synopsis.
Update: The studio has asked us to take down the images. Sorry if you missed them.
In what isn’t the most eloquent of Twitter announcements, Kaya Scoledario shared in less than 140 characters on her account [via The Playlist]
“im gonna be in the new Wuthering Heights film! as cathy! should probs read the book… start filming next month,cant wait!”
That was actually kinda painful to copy/paste that–mainly because of the word (er, “word”) “probs”.
Andrea Arnold, who came out of Cannes last year with a Jury Prize for Fish Tank, is set to direct the adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel, though the male lead, Heathcliff, has yet to be cast. But as Ms. Scoledario notes, filming is just a month away, so I’m sure we’ll hear soon. More after the jump: