Cary Fukunaga, the acclaimed director of indie immigrant hit Sin Nombre, is in advanced negotiations to helm a new big screen version of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
The film will play up the gothic elements of the 19th Century tale, according to Variety, based on a script by Moira Buffini. But it will also remain true to the origins of the story, about a governess who falls in love with her surly employer who has a dark secret.
Ellen Page, who had originally been attached to star, has long since dropped out of the project and the search is now on for new cast members.
But hopes are high that the new production team will attract some big names, particularly as Buffini is on a hot streak thanks to her adaptation of Posy Simmonds' graphic novel Tamara Drewe for director Stephen Frears, as well as her own upcoming vampire project Byzantium, based on her stage play, A Vampire Story.
Fukunaga, meanwhile, won the best director prize at this year's Sundance for Sin Nombre.