26 September 2013 3:09 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Jennifer Lawrence is re-teaming with her original "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross on a new adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel "East of Eden."

Ross will split the story into two films, and will have Lawrence play Cathy Ames, the cold mother of two sons competing for their father's attention. The book was immortalized on the big screen in 1955 by legendary director Elia Kazan, and was one of James Dean's few feature film roles. It snagged several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and won a statuette for actress Jo Van Fleet's supporting role.

While Kazan stuck to one movie, Deadline reports that Ross's plan to turn "East of Eden" into two will allow a more in-depth exploration of the relationship between Cathy and her husband, which will then lead into a depiction of the sons' rivalry. It will be a while before audiences will see the fruits of Ross's labor, »

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