TWC in final talks to acquire Escape Artists project

“The Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence is attached to topline the romantic drama “Ends of the Earth,” an Escape Artists project that The Weinstein Company is in final negotiations to acquire.

Written by Chris Terrio (“Argo”) and based on the lives of Ernest and Lydie Marland, story follows the controversial love affair between an oil baron and his adopted daughter, which destroys the empire they built together.

Lawrence is attached to play Lydie, an educated, headstrong woman who was adopted as a girl by her aunt Virginia and uncle Ernest. She later becomes their adopted daughter and eventually becomes Ernest’s wife. Urging him to raise workers’ wages and give them unpredecented access to medical care, she earns the nickname the “princess of the prairies.”

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Lance Johnson will produce for Escape Artists, which is aiming to start production next summer.

Lawrence, who next stars in “House at the End of the Street,” will soon be seen sharing the screen with Bradley Cooper in two wildly different pics — David O. Russell’s Weinstein Co. dramedy “Silver Linings Playbook” and Susanne Bier’s indie drama “Serena,” in which she plays the barren wife of a timber baron. Thesp is currently prepping to shoot “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Lawrence is repped by attorneys Steve Warren and Gretchen Rush and CAA, which also reps Terrio along with Anonymous Content.

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