“The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross and star Jennifer Lawrence are set to re-team for a new two-film adaptation of John Steinbeck’s legendary 1952 novel “East Of Eden” at Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures.
Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story.
Lawrence is wanted to play Cathy Ames, the estranged and mentally unstable wife of the farmer and a cold and cruel mother to the boys. Brian Grazer will produce the project.
Due to the size of the story, a two film adaptation is understandable with the first focused on the parents and the second on the two sons when they become adults.
The book was famously adapted by Elia Kazan for the screen in 1955 and featured James Dean in his first major screen role. That film though was only loosely based on the second half of the novel.
Ross and Lawrence are also shopping around a film adaptation of the Hannah Kent novel “Burial Rites” for the pair to work on together. That book deals with a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829, a powerless victim who finds herself the subject of forces trying to send her to a public execution.