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.
The Deadline.com site first reported the “Burial Rites” news.