It’s not a huge surprise that Jennifer Lawrence beat out several other actresses Sunday to win the MTV Award for Best Female Performance for her role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
It was a good night for The Hunger Games. Lawrence’s co-star Josh Hutcherson also won for best male performance and the film won movie of the year.
Lawrence won the the coveted golden bowl of popcorn over actresses Sandra Bullock for Gravity, Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, and Amy Adams for American Hustle.
The 23-year-old Kentucky native has an extremely full plate in the months to come. One project in the works is a remake of the 1955 movie classic East of Eden adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel of the same name. The original starred James Dean and Julie Harris.
According to writer-director Gary Ross — who helped launch Lawrence’s career with The Hunger Games and will team with her again in the East of Eden project — the film may be split into two films, which seems to be a trend these days in Hollywood.
“It may be two films,” he said. “We may break it in half, into one generation and the next. And that’s what we’re talking about now.”
Ross says the picture — or pictures — is in development with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard of Imagine Entertainment. There is no start date yet for the project as it will ultimately depend on the star’s busy schedule.
“It’s one of the things that is sort of on my plate, [that] I’m interested in doing,” he said. “I’m not certain if it’s the next movie. Part of that is my schedule. Part of that is Jennifer’s schedule as well. But it’s definitely something that we intend to do.”
Ross directed the first installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise, but decided to give up the directing reins for the second — saying he felt he wouldn’t do the film justice by taking on too much in the short amount of time allotted between the two films.
“We got to the end of the process on Hunger Games, and I had literally been only focused on that with the intention of doing it, and then Jennifer’s schedule on X-Men made it very clear to everybody that we were going to have to start the movie in September,” he said. “I write and direct. That’s just my process. So first I write, and then I direct. And that’s a linear process for me. So, that was an eight-month process on the first movie. It was going to have to be a four-month process on the second movie, and I didn’t think there was adequate time to write a script and then prep that movie in what normally takes me the same amount of time to write the script. Now it’s different when you don’t have to write the script and somebody else can be writing while you can be prepping. But those aren’t simultaneous processes for me and I didn’t feel that I would be doing the movie any service in order to do that.”
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