From Hollywood Reporter
Trio set to scale musical 'Heights' for MTV original April 21, 2003
By Zorianna Kit and Nellie Andreeva
Erika Christensen, Mike Vogel and Katherine Heigl are in final negotiations to topline "Wuthering Heights," MTV's musical adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel. The movie, written by Max Enscoe and Annie deYoung, takes a contemporary look at the tragic story of revenge and romantic love between the offspring of the Earnshaws, who live at Wuthering Heights, and their genteel, refined neighbors the Lintons."Wuthering Heights" centres on the saucy and selfish
Catherine Earnshaw (Christensen), who falls in love with Heathcliff (Vogel), an orphan adopted by the Earnshaws, but marries her neighbor Edgar Linton instead. Meanwhile, Linton's sister Isabella (Heigl) marries Heathcliff but escapes after his ill temper makes her life miserable.The project marks Christensen's onscreen singing debut. Suri Krishnamma is set to direct the movie, overseen at MTV by executive vp series and movie development Lois Curren and vp original movies Maggie Malina.Christensen, repped by WMA, James/Levy/Jacobson and attorney Michael Fuller, next stars in Paramount
Pictures' "The Perfect Score." Her credits include "The Banger Sisters," "Swimfan" and "Traffic."Heigl, best known for her role on the series "Roswell" and the feature film "Valentine," was recently tapped to star in UPN's drama pilot presentation "Vegas Dick." She is repped by WMA and Untitled Entertainment.Vogel, repped by CAA and Management 360, next stars in New Line Cinema's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and Warner Bros. Pictures/Gaylord Films' skateboarding feature "Grind." On TV, he co-stars on the WB Network series "Grounded for Life."
MTV Returns to 'Wuthering Heights' Once Moor
April 21, 2003LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - Heathcliff, Heathcliff, no one should terrify the neighborhood. MTV is hard at work prepping a new version of Emily Bronte's gothic novel "Wuthering Heights." Displaying MTV's trademark touch with the classics, the new version of the story will be a contemporary retelling and it will be a musical. The film will star Erika Christensen ("Traffic"), Katherine Heigl ("Roswell") and Mike Vogel ("Grounded For Life"), according to The Hollywood Reporter . Written by Max Enscoe and Annie deYoung and following in the footsteps of such literate MTV
faire as "Carmen: A Hip Hopera," the new "Wuthering Heights" will feature Vogel as Heathcliff, Christensen as his all-consuming love Catherine and Isabella as Catherine's tortured sister. Suri Krishnamma ("A Man of No Importance") will direct. Astute fans of musical theater will note that "Wuthering Heights" has already added songs on several occasions including Bernard Herrmann's opera version, the not-so-immortal "Heathcliff" and Bernard Taylor's more recent version, which featured songs like "They Say He's a Gypsy" and "Heathcliff's Lament." The novel has been adapted for the
screen several times including the famous 1939 William Wyler version, starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon as well as a more recent TVversion starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes.