Pleasantville and Seabiscuit writer/director Gary Ross is in early talks to direct The Hunger Games for Lionsgate. The film will be based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling futuristic young adult novel, which is described as follows:
In the story, a dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.
Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force shingle.