But Steinbeck's estate just signed off on a film version of the 1952 novel -- to be produced by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment and directed by "Hunger Games'" Gary Ross -- Deadline reported Wednesday.
Ross, who plans to split the sprawling story into two films, wants Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence to play Cathy Ames, a cruel, calculating and ultimately absent mother to twins Caleb and Aron Trask.
Jane Seymour played Cathy in a 1981 mini-series produced by ABC.
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