Elia Kazan’s 1955 adaption of John Steinbeck’s classic, elemental novel, East of Eden, starred James Dean and is a legitimately classic film. That said, at just under two hours, it only manages to adapt the second half of Steinbeck’s mammoth novel, which is about the only reason one would hope for a new adaptation of the great book.
Enter Jennifer Lawrence and The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, who are set to co-star and direct an adaptation of East of Eden, respectively, with Lawrence set to play the wicked family matriarch that helps set the epic plot into motion.
The book, a 20th century retelling of the Biblical tale of Cain and Abel, focuses on two generations of brothers and the poisonous feelings that develop between both sets.
In addition to East of Eden, Lawrence and Ross are also set to team up for an adaptation of Hannah Kent’s novel Burial Rights, which concerns the story of “an Irish woman in the 1800s wrongfully accused of murder.”
In the meantime, Lawrence fans catch the actress later this year in some kind of film called, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Maybe you’ve heard of it.
What do you think of the Jennifer Lawrence/Gary Ross news?