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Jane Eyre, Superstar: From Brontë to Fukunaga

Updated February 17, 2011

Since Charlotte Brontë brought her heroine to life in 1847, everyone––filmmakers, artists, playwrights, cartoonists––have wanted to recreate her in their own imagination.

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Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, 2011, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender.

In making a new version of Jane Eyre, director Cary Fukunaga knew that Charlotte Brontë ’s novel had been re-interpreted by filmmakers, playwrights, illustrators, writes and artists for nearly a century and a half. As a kid, Robert Stevenson’s 1944 Jane Eyre was one of his favorite movies, but when it came to making his own version, he told MovieLine.com that he went back to the source: “I’m a stickler for raw authenticity, so I’ve spent a lot of time rereading the book and trying to feel out what Charlotte Brontë was feeling when she was writing it. That sort of spookiness that plagues the entire story…there’s been something like 24 adaptations, and it’s very rare that you see those sorts of darker sides. They treat it like it’s just a period romance, and I think it’s much more than that.”