Jennifer Lawrence and Director Gary Ross Reunite for EAST OF EDEN Films

     September 25, 2013

gary-ross-jennifer-lawrence-slice

The Hunger Games winning team of director Gary Ross and star Jennifer Lawrence will reunite on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, East of Eden.  Since one film isn’t enough to tackle Steinbeck’s self-professed greatest work, the plan is to tell the tale over two installments.  Written in 1952, East of Eden is Steinbeck’s retelling of both the Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel mythologies, centering on two families and their intertwining destinies.  A 1955 adaptation from director Elia Kazan saw James Dean and Richard Davalos starring as the Trask brothers, who competed for the affections of their farmer father, Adam (Raymond Massey).  Hit the jump for more on how Lawrence fits into this new take.

east-of-eden-book-coverNews of Ross and Lawrence teaming up for East of Eden comes via Deadline.  Lawrence would play “Cathy Ames, the cold and cruel mother of the boys and estranged wife of the farmer.  The films will tell their stories, leading into the rivalry between their sons.”  The new adaptation comes after a deal closed between the Steinbeck estate and Universal Picture and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer.  With East of Eden in the works and a new adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath moving forward, I wouldn’t be surprised to see news of an Of Mice and Men adaptation coming next.

Ross and Lawrence may also be teaming up on an adaptation of the Hannah Kent novel, Burial Rites, a tale of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. The drama takes place between the murder and the prosecution of the case against a woman who is victimized and powerless against the forces trying to send her to a public execution. Ross will direct and Lawrence wil play the protagonist.”

Here’s the book’s synopsis (via Amazon):

Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

Around The Web

Latest News

This Star Wars Video Game Costs $100,000

No need to put your money towards a good cause. Buy a stupidly expensive video game instead.

Watch: BARELY LETHAL’s Hailee Steinfeld and Sophie Turner Play “Save or Kill”

Which would you save? ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Star Trek’? Han Solo or Indiana Jones? ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Breaking Bad’? Watch as Hailee Steinfeld and Sophie Turner are forced to choose.

In Defense of TOMORROWLAND

We need more movies like Brad Bird's ode to optimism.

IT Remake Not Dead Yet; Moving Back To Warner Bros.

The Stephen King adaptation is moving back to its original studio and original setting, but not with Cary Fukunaga.

WONDER WOMAN: Chris Pine in Talks to Play Love Interest Steve Trevor

Gal Gadot starts in the upcoming superhero film.

Jason Reitman to Write and Direct BEEKLE for DreamWorks Animation

After a string of box office misfires, DreamWorks Animation and the 'Juno' filmmaker will join forces in what looks to be a new creative direction.

TRANSFORMERS Prequel in the Works; Michael Bay Returning for T5?

The next 'Transformers' movie could be yet another sequel directed by Bay.

Filming Begins on Doug Liman’s MENA, Starring Tom Cruise; Full Cast Revealed

Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, and more join the 'Edge of Tomorrow' reunion pic.

DOCTOR STRANGE: Tilda Swinton in Talks to Play the Ancient One

While they're at it, Marvel should probably just let Swinton play *all* the roles in 'Doctor Strange'.

COP CAR Trailer: Don’t Mess with Creepy Kevin Bacon

Two young boys take Kevin Bacon's cop car out for a joy ride, then soon realize it was a very, very bad idea.

Page 1 of 3,96712345...102030...Last »