Jennifer Lawrence and Director Gary Ross Poised to Reteam for New Literary Adaptations

By September 26, 2013

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Despite the fact that director Gary Ross didn’t sign on for more Hunger Games madness after doing a fine job with the first film, that doesn’t mean that he and Katniss Everdeen herself don’t have one hell of a working relationship. Deadline Hollywood reports that Ross and starlet Jennifer Lawrence are currently working on no less than three potential projects that could reteam them in the realm of big screen literary adaptations.

The outlet reports that Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have sewn up a deal to bring a new version of John Steinbeck’s American classic “East of Eden” to theaters. The project is currently being developed as a Ross-directed and Lawrence-starring film. Wait, did we say singular “film”? Turns out, Ross plans to split the novel (reportedly, his “favorite American novel”) into two films. Hey, if it worked for the final Harry Potters, Twilights, and probably The Hunger Games, it must be gold!

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Steinbeck’s book is notoriously ambitious and complicated, but the character Lawrence would play is perhaps one of the most well known of all his works – she’s being set for the part of Cathy Ames, a heinously cruel farm girl (no, really heinously cruel – she kills her parents and is incapable of basic human emotions) who eventually marries the wealthy Adam Trask. The book essentially tracks the fortune of two families, with a major focus on the children of Cathy and Adam, twin boys who are opposed in their worldview, but not in their desperate need to be loved by their father. As with most Steinbeck novels, it’s set in Central California in the farm town of Salinas.

Ross and Lawrence are also reportedly involved with another possible adaptation, as their agents are about to shop around a project based on Hannah Kent’s recently released novel “Burial Rites” with the pair attached as director and star, respectively. Kent’s novel is just as bleak as “East of Eden,” as it centers on a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in the early 19th century. Fun times! At least for Ross and Lawrence!

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Kate Erbland
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