Jennifer Lawrence and Gary Ross team up for East of Eden and Burial Rights. Jennifer Lawrence and Gary Ross are teaming up again post-The Hunger Games for two films: East of Eden and Burial Rights. Gary Ross will direct both films and Jennifer Lawrence will star in the lead female roles.
On how the East of Eden film rights were acquired:
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer have closed a deal with the John Steinbeck estate…The studio and Imagine first acquired the 1952 novel back in 2004…the original option lapsed, but then the studio and Grazer put together a new deal in a competitive situation, this one built around Ross and Lawrence…Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley was very involved, as was Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Uni’s co-president of production.
On the people behind-the-scenes of East of Eden:
Anna Culp will be exec producer…[the original film] script [was written] by Paul Attanasio.
On East of Eden:
East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. Often described as Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel, East of Eden brings to life the intricate details of two families, the Trasks and the Hamiltons, and their interwoven stories. The novel was originally addressed to Steinbeck’s young sons, Thom and John (then 6½ and 4½ years old, respectively). Steinbeck wanted to describe the Salinas Valley for them in detail: the sights, sounds, smells, and colors.
The Hamilton family in the novel is said to be based on the real-life family of Samuel Hamilton, Steinbeck’s maternal grandfather. A young John Steinbeck also appears briefly in the novel as a minor character.
According to his third and last wife, Elaine, Steinbeck considered it his magnum opus – his greatest novel. Steinbeck stated about East of Eden: “It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years.” He further claimed: “I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this.”
The book is about [sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father in Salinas, CA.]
On Burial Rights from the novel description:
inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.
Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.
Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
Jennifer Lawrence will play the cruel matriarch in East of Eden and a accused murder in Burial Rights.
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