Lionsgate In Talks For ‘Burial Rites’ With Gary Ross And Jennifer Lawrence
I'm happy that Lionsgate is pursuing Lawrence in other films. Deadline article to follow:
EXCLUSIVE: Two weeks ago when I broke the story that Imagine, Universal, Gary Ross and Jennifer Lawrence teaming on a two-part feature adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East Of Eden, I reported that The Hunger Games trio of Ross, Lawrence and producer Allison Shearmur (a key exec on the film) would come to market with the new Hannah Kent novel Burial Rites.
sounds like an interesting movies and a good fit for Jennifer:
Story set in Iceland in 1829
Jennifer Lawrence and Gary Ross, her director on “The Hunger Games,” are in negotiations with Lionsgate for “Burial Rites,” a feature adaptation of Hannah Kent’s novel centering on a murder trial in Iceland in 1829.
Allison Shearmur, who has a first-look deal at Lionsgate, is attached as a producer as part of a CAA package. Shearmur was a Lionsgate exec who oversaw development and production of “The Hunger Games” before becoming a producer.
Kent’s novel “Burial Rites” was published last month by Little, Brown. The story centers on a woman who is charged with the brutal murder of her former master. While awaiting execution, she is sent to an isolated farm, where the family is initially horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer.
It’s the second Lawrence-Ross project that’s been set up in the past two weeks. The actress came on board to star in Universal’s adaptation of “East of Eden,” with Ross directing and Brian Grazer producing for Imagine Entertainment.
The actress will be seen next in Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” set for release on Nov. 22. Francis Lawrence, no relation to Jennifer Lawrence, directed.