Jennifer Lawrence had once planned to reunite with her Hunger Games director Gary Ross for the historical drama Burial Rites, but now that film is coming to life with Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino at the helm. Lawrence will both star and produce the true crime drama, based on the novel by Hannah Kent which focuses on the last woman to be publicly executed in Iceland in 1830.
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Before The Hunger Games, the names Jennifer Lawrence and Gary Ross carried weight in Hollywood. But after the film made $400 million domestic, each got significantly bigger. So big in fact each can now pick and choose projects at will. Ross decided not to continue with the franchise, while Lawrence took that popularity to the Oscars. Soon they’ll find their way back together in not one, but two adaptations, including one of an American classic.
First up, the Oscar-winning actress and Oscar-nominated director are set to reteam on East of Eden, based on the John Steinbeck novel. (Which was previously adapted into a film starring James Dean.) Universal will distribute and Brian Grazer‘s Imagine Entertainment will produce. After that, a pitch is soon to be sold for Lawrence and Ross to team up for Burial Rites, based on a novel by Hannah Kent. Read more about each below.
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