The duo behind the multi-award winning HBO mini-series “John Adams” are adapting John Steinbeck’s classic novel “East of Eden” for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment says Variety.
First published in 1952, the story is a retelling of the Cain and Abel story, set in California’s Salinas Valley. The multigenerational story focuses on the Trask brothers and a woman who comes between the siblings.
Tom Hooper will direct and Christopher Hampton will adapt the script while Brian Grazer, Jonathan Sanger and Ed Albert will produce.
The project was famously adapted before in to the classic 1955 James Dean movie that was helmed by Elia Kazan. Production aims to begin later this year.