"It's the turn of the century. So it's at the turn of the century and half of the movie takes place in America, and the other half takes place in a crumbling mansion in Cumbria. And basically it's a ghost story and gothic romance, trying to subvert the rules of the usual gothic romance. The first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it's at the same time a ghost story. I'm working at this moment with n0_person|Lucinda Clarkson who is a really great playwright from the UK. She has the proper degree of perversity and intelligence to turn it into something interesting to watch. It's sort of a very compelling version of the classic gothic romance, where you have the spookiness and the windswept landscape that dooms the characters, you know?"
Production is slated to begin in February 2014. Benedict Cumberbatch also stars in August: Osage County, The Fifth Estate, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, all slated for release later this year.