It looks like Harvey Weinstein wants to stay in the Jennifer Lawrence business, and who can blame him? With the actress already leading a hit franchise for Summit in “The Hunger Games” and poised to turn heads with The Weinstein Company‘s release of David O. Russell‘s film “The Silver Linings Playbook” later this year, of course they’ll want to keep that talent under their roof if possible.
And thus, the studio has picked up the romantic drama “The Ends Of The Earth” which they will finance and distribute, with Lawrence attached to star. Penned by Chris Terrio (“Argo”), the film will find Lawrence playing Lydie Marland, the adopted daughter of oil tycoon Ernest Marland, who cared for the child when his desitute brother was unable. After his sibling passed away, the 54 year-old Ernest annuled the adoption and married the 28 year-old Lydie. She was a well known socialite who also pushed her husband to raise worker wages and provide healthcare, but when her husband’s company was acquired in a hostile takeover, he lost much of his wealth. The pair stayed married as the embarked on a political career, but he passed away in 1941 and for the rest of her life, she mostly lived as a recluse.
So all told, it’s a helluva intriguing story and the folks over at ScriptShadow took a look at the script last month, and liked it very, very much saying: “This is a wonderful screenplay and I’m hoping they get it cast soon because with the right actors and the right director, this has ‘Oscar’ and ‘classic’ written all over it.” So there’s your other reason why Harv wants this. If all goes according to plan, this will shoot next summer — essentially between “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” — but a director will need to be found first. But if that’s the timeline they’re looking at, this one will start moving fast.