Jane Eyre (2011) - new images & info

More information can be found regarding the highly-anticipated Jane Eyre, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender on the official site of Focus Features!


Here's an excerpt from article: A Classic Novel, A Passionate Adaptation: The Production of Jane Eyre

Producer Alison Owen, an Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner, offers, "If you say to someone, ‘What’s the definitive film version of Jane Eyre?’ no one really has an answer. Having made a number of movies from or about women’s fiction, I wondered, ‘Why not?’"

"We’re a company that is rapidly building a healthy reputation for being able to successfully convert well-known written works into big- and small-screen entertainment. Taking on Brontë seemed like the natural next step up the literary ladder," adds producer Paul Trijbits. "It’s a book we already knew had an enormous fan base, so the responsibility was also a major consideration. We wanted to move this interpretation forward into the 21st Century whilst maintaining the story’s haunting beauty."

Owen and Trijbits’ Ruby Film & Television began work on the project, which they took to one of the U.K.’s most prolific film funding organizations, BBC Films, to begin the development process.

Owen adds, "It’s timely in that Charlotte Brontë, seen as ‘the darker sister’ when compared to Emily and Anne Brontë, is being rediscovered much like Jane Austen was nearly 20 years ago.

"As a producer, I make sure to have general meetings with my favorite writers all the time; right after I’d thought about Jane Eyre, I was meeting with Moira Buffini. I happened to mention it and it turned out to be one of Moira’s favorite books, if not her favorite."

Buffini seized on the chance to adapt the book, and she and Owen quickly outlined their vision for a full-on big-screen approach to the story. They knew it had to differ from adaptations that had gone before. Buffini’s approach was to draw out the gothic elements of the story, and make them engines of the piece.

"Moira wanted to make it dark and spooky on an intensely romantic journey. That was her take, which I wholly supported," recalls Owen.

Further, as the novel would be adapted into a two-hour movie, Owen found that "what was brilliant about the script Moira delivered was the structure she’d chosen. The book is quite difficult in some ways to translate to film. Everyone remembers the sections of Jane’s childhood, of Jane being a governess at Thornfield and falling in love with Mr. Rochester, and then bolting.

Sally Hawkins as Mrs. Reed

"But from then on, there’s another set of characters introduced – the Rivers family. You can do that in a novel, but it’s harder to do two-thirds of the way through a movie. Moira’s stroke of genius was that instead of abbreviating or losing this part entirely, which previous adaptations have done, she put it right at the beginning – and turned the novel’s early sections of the young Jane at Lowood and her initial days at Thornfield into flashbacks. Therefore, midway through the third act, we catch up with Jane and you get the emotional punch of being in real time at the end as she comes to terms with everyone and everything."

Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers

Buffini comments, "I hope this will please the many who love the book; while we may not be faithful to the original structure, our version does include every key stage of Jane’s story. Giving the complete picture was also meant to help the uninitiated – those coming to this story for the first time – to understand and identify with Jane all the more."

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Judi Dench as Mrs. Fairfax

Imogene Poots as Blanche Ingram

Photos: Laurie Sparham

10 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to this one, but I do love the Toby Stephens, Ruth Wilson version. However, my mind is always open for another Period Drama. Especially one starring Judi Dench and Sally Hawkins.

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  2. Wonderful images and lovely interview! Thank you for sharing! :D

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  3. Jenny- I agree with you, I love the Toby Stephens version so much yet I hope this new one will be just as good.

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  4. So glad to see the news spreading about this production.

    While I enjoyed the 2006 adaptation, I was big non-fan of all the changes that script made to the story. This looks very faithful by comparison, and the product of earnest hard work and passionate devotion to authenticity. My hopes are very high. March can't come soon enough!

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  5. Thanks for the post and the images. I'm really anxious for this movie. ^_^

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  6. I'm really looking forward to this movie release.
    I have two versions of Jane Eyre on dvd, but it's really never been one of my favorites because I don't think anyone has done the story justice on film.
    From the previews I'm thinking this version could redeem it.
    Yea! :)

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  7. So. Frickin. Excited. I too loved the 2006 version, but I agree with the article cited here, it's not THE "definitive" version in my mind. That door is still open, and I'm really excited about what I've seen of this film so far.

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  8. I believe the attempt that has come extremely close to the actual written story and to the visuals described therein was the 1983 BBC version with Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke. There were a couple of "re-write" versions so badly written with changes and absurd additions they made those of us who love the book squirm with embarrassment. A couple of them were quite recent. Some of us were aghast to learn of another remake but, having seen the trailers for the 2011 release, we now eagerly anticipate it. I was uncertain of another taller actress for a short, small character as Jane but saw that Mia is believable. Judi Dench, Sally Hawkins, Jamie Bell, Michael Fassbender--extremely strong casting. Jamie Bell as St. John Rivers is an excellent choice as are all the others for their roles. It looks like it will be one to add to the "preferred" Jane shelf!

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  9. Although I always look forward to new adaptations of my favorite novel, the quote by the producer that Charlotte is the "darker sister" when compared to Emily or Anne makes me now alternate between nervousness and WTH??? Some of Charlotte's themes may have been heavy and dark, but they never came close to the dysfunctionality of Wuthering Heights--there's simply no contest that Emily's book is the darkest and most screwed up of any of the books written by the Brontes. So now I'm worried, especially since they talk about playing up the gothic and spooky angles.

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  10. I agree with de Pizan, the "dark sister" quote makes no sense to people who've actually read all 3 sisters' works. I would argue that while Emily is definitely the first candidate, because "Wuthering Heights" is one of the most twisted stories ever written, Anne is the least known and her themes in "Wildfell Hall" are actually very modern and probably the most socially unacceptable for the time. So I'd consider Anne the darkest in terms of her writing and continuing obscurity.

    I'm not too worried that this mistaken view will influence the production negatively. This is film people we're talking about, not Bronte scholars. If their production reflects their impression of Charlotte as the "dark sister" I don't see this as a bad thing. On the contrary, it promises some interesting and more atmospheric viewing for us fans!

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