Jennifer Lawrence And Gary Ross To Reteam With Lionsgsate On Burial Rites
The team of Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Ross, and Lionsgate has proven to be an extremely successful combination. Last year the actress, director and studio came together to make the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and the result was a huge hit, ultimately making almost $700 million at the global box office. The trio broke apart when it was announced that Ross wouldn't be returning for the sequel Catching Fire - replaced by Francis Lawrence - but now it looks as though the band is ready for a reunion tour. Sources have told The Wrap that Lionsgate is now in talks to acquire the rights to adapt Hannah Kentís period crime novel Burial Rites, which already has both Ross attached to direct and Lawrence attached to star.
Set in Iceland back in 1829, the story finds Lawrence starring as Agnes, a young maid who has been charged with brutally murdering her former master. Before her execution she is sent to live at an isolated farm, and while the family she's living with is at first terrified of her, they later begin to get to know her and discover that there might be another side to the widely publicized story. The Wrap notes that there is also a key romantic element in the movie "that is expected to attract top-tier male talent."
While this is the first time since The Hunger Games that Lawrence and Ross have teamed up with Lionsgate on a project, this is actually the second in-development project that the actress and director are set to collaborate on. Just a couple weeks ago it was announced that the duo are going to be working together on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden. Unfortunately, the latest report says that it will probably be a few years before either of these projects actually get going. Ross, who has only directed three movies in his 15 year career, is currently attached to direct an adaptation of the prequel story Peter Pan and the Starcatcher, while Lawrence has become one of the most popular stars in Hollywood (it might have something to do with the Oscar that now sits on her mantle).
Lawrence will next be seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this November, but also has the depression-era drama Serena and David O. Russell's American Hustle due out later this year. At the start of next summer she will once again be covered in blue body paint to play Mystique in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past and will also have the first half of the Hunger Games finale, Mockingjay - Part 1, in theaters.
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