According to Deadline Lionsgate is in early talks with Seabiscuit and Pleasantville director Gary Ross to direct The Hunger Games, the first installment of the novel trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Twilight Saga has been hugely successful for Summit Entertainment, and Lionsgate is hoping to have similar success with this set of sci-fi books.
Directors Sam Mendes, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders, and Susanna White have all been meeting with Lionsgate over recent weeks, but now Lionsgate is negotiation with Gary Ross.
Here’s what the movie involves:
The Hunger Games takes place in the futuristic ruins of North America, which crumbled and was replaced by a Capitol and 12 districts. Each district is forced to supply 2 teenagers, between 12 and 18. They participate in The Hunger Games, a televised reality series that pits the contestants against one another in a battle to the death. The heroine is 16-year old Katniss Everdeen, a skilled hunter who’s adept with a bow and arrow. She replaces her younger sister, who was chosen in a lottery. She is joined by a baker’s son who is also chosen from her dirt poor home district.
The author of the book, Suzanne Collins, wrote the script herself which is now being revised by screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play, Flightplan). Lionsgate aim to start filming next year for a 2012 release.