John Steinbeck’s magnum opus East of Eden is getting a new TV adaptation, and the creative team behind is truly top-notch. Zoe Kazan is writing and executive producing the limited series for Netflix, while the Oscar-nominated actress Florence Pugh landed one of the key roles.
Adapting East of Eden is a realization of a life-long dream for Kazan, whose grandfather Elia Kazan famously directed the 1955 movie adaptation, starring James Dean. Casting the film’s main antagonist Cathy Ames was an important step on her journey, and she found everything she was looking for in Florence Pugh.
“Adapting Steinbeck’s novel – the great, sprawling, three-generational entirety of it – has been my dream. More than anything, I have wanted to give full expression to the novel’s astonishing, singular antiheroine, Cathy Ames,” said Kazan in the official statement.
Netflix, Anonymous Content, and Endeavor Content are developing the project, and they’re now on the hunt for the right director and the rest of the cast members.
East of Eden is the only TV project Pugh is set to star in right now, but she’s attached to several high-profile movies. We’ll soon get to see her in Don’t Worry Darling and The Wonder, but she’s also been cast in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two and Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.