Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is attached to write and direct My Cousin Rachel, an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel, for Fox Searchlight.

The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell.

The project is currently out to cast.

The book, originally published in 1951, was previously adapted into a film starring screen legends Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton and directed by Henry Koster (Harvey).

Michell most recently directed TV mini-series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries, the true story of a retired schoolteacher who was wrongly accused of the murder of 25-year-old landscape architect Jo Yeates and vilified in the press, before being fully vindicated. Peter Morgan has written the script, with NBC Uni-owned Carnival producing.

Michell is repped by Independent Talent Group and WME.