According to Variety, Moira Buffini has written the script. Buffini is fast becoming one of the U.K.'s hottest scribes thanks to her adaptation of Posy Simmonds' graphic novel Tamara Drewe for director Stephen Frears.
The film will play up the gothic elements of the classic 19th century story about a governess who falls in love with her surly employer who has a dark secret.
The book is one of the most iconic in English literature and has been the subject of numerous previous adaptations. The BBC turned the book into a miniseries that won three Emmys in 2007, while the most recent feature, made in 1996, was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Ellen Page was previously attached to star as the eponymous heroine but left the project some time ago. Owen and Trijbits will now ramp up casting with Fukunaga on board.
No production date has been announced.