AFM 2010: Lionsgate Close to Signing Gary Ross to Direct The Hunger Games
More news out of AFM as it appears Lionsgate is this close to finalizing a deal for Gary Ross to direct its adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games. Ross joined producer Nina Jacobson at the film market today to discuss their vision for the film.
According to Variety Lionsgate's negotiations with Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) are all but done. Collins is penning the adapted screenplay, [which] scribe Billy Ray has been polishing. Jacobson is producing through her Color Force banner, which secured the rights to produce the movie and set it up with Lionsgate last year.
The Hunger Games, one of the most buzzed-about titles at this year's AFM, is the first of a trilogy of novels. Catching Fire, the second in the series, was published last year; and Mockingjay, the finale, came out earlier this year.
Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying ﬁght to the death - televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
WINNING WILL MAKE YOU FAMOUS. LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
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