Report: Gary Ross in talks to direct 'The Hunger Games'

Deadline New York reports that Lionsgate has met with directors for the first installment to Suzanne Collins’ mega-blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy, including Sam Mendes, David Slade, and Susanna White. But the early lead is said to belong to director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit). Filming is looking for a 2011 start, from a script adapted by Billy Ray (State of Play). The futuristic story describes 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a superb hunter and archer, and her entanglement in a brutal televised competition.

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  • ashley

    so excited! i love the books. i’m reading the last one right now. i’m taking my time with it because i dont want it to end :)

  • jets

    This will be a really tricky movie to make. As with anything sci-fi, there’s the threat it could look just weird and off-putting. Then there’s the issues of presenting R rated viloence in a PG or PG-13 way. Amazing book but not a gaurenteed amazing move. But it *COULD* be huge and cultural defining if done right. Here’s hoping for the best, and that Chole Moretz gets the part of Katniss! :)

    • meliot

      Chloe Moretz would be great in this roll…in about five years.

    • Micah

      Yeah, I hope Chloe Moretz get it, and the filming begin next year when she’s 14. I heard it’ll be shot back-to-back, so we don’t need to worry about Chloe’s growth.

  • Erin

    Why is Joss Whedon not being considered to direct this movie? I know he’s busy with The Avengers right now, but Katniss Everdeen is a Whedon heroine just waiting to happen!

    • Kelly

      Joss would do a great job, but it would lack his witty dialogue. Kat is a great heroine but lacks the total personality that Joss can create.

    • gretel

      Oh, GOD, no. Absolutely not. Whedon would make it jokey just when it needed to get gritty. He would be the WORST person to do it.

  • ellie

    I know this would never, ever happen, but I was thinking while I read “Mockingjay” that you should get the guy who did “District 9″ to do most of it — and Spielberg to do the parts produced by the Capitol. Go back and forth between the two styles, between reality and the hyper-glossy, cheaply satisfying world of the Capitol’s entertainments.

    • m1

      YES. Agreed with District 9. Neill Blomkamp would be a great choice.

  • DrChocolate

    I thought they already made this movie. It was called “Battle Royale.” And it was made in 2000. And it was based on a book from 1999. Stale idea is stale.

    • gretel

      So, you never heard of “The Running Man,” I see, and yet you want to be the arbiter on what’s unique in pop culture. Thanks for sharing your learnings.

  • yale

    please please give SAOIRSE RONAN the role! she would be absolutely perfect

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