Gary Ross Finalizing Deal to Direct ‘The Hunger Games’ [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:14 am,

[Update: Ross is now finalizing a deal to direct The Hunger Games.]

Do you know the name Gary Ross? If not, he’s the screenwriter of Big turned Oscar-nominated director who has only helmed two films – Pleasantville and Seasbiscuit - with several other films on his slate of upcoming projects.

Deadline is reporting that Ross is in talks to add another upcoming film to his to do list, the dystopian action film The Hunger Games, based on the first book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of bestselling novels.

A couple of weeks ago we brought you the news that The Hunger Games was being adapted for the big screen by Lionsgate, with a trio of possible directors being eyed by the studio – Ross, Sam Mendes and David Slade. Well, from this latest report it would appear that Ross is the frontrunner, and will likely walk away with the job.

UPDATE: Variety reports that Gary Ross has all but signed on the dotted line to direct The Hunger Games for Lionsgate. An official announcement is expected soon.

The Hunger Games tells the story of a future in which twelve districts of a totalitarian nation are all that’s left of America. Every year, a boy and girl between 12 – 18 is chosen from each district and pitted against the rival districts in a battle to the death. Last boy or girl standing wins much-needed food to help their district survive another year. The script for the film was written by Collins, and then reworked by screenwriter Bill Ray (State of Play).

Another rumor that came at the time that directors were being name-dropped for The Hunger Games is that Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) was being considered for the role of the protagonist, a poor girl named Katniss Everdeen, who is an able marksman and hunter chosen to represent her district alongside a poor baker’s son. No further word on whether or not Moretz is getting the part.

hunger games artwork Gary Ross Finalizing Deal to Direct The Hunger Games [Updated]

People are already comparing The Hunger Games to films like The Running Man and Battle Royal, which are fair and frankly inspiring comparisons for somebody like me, who knows little about these books. Since the books are such big bestsellers (the third installment sold roughly half a million copies this past summer) it’s easy to believe the early speculation that Lionsgate is attempting to do with this series what Summit Entertainment was able to do with The Twilight Saga – turn the series into a cinematic cash-cow.

I’ll be keeping my eye on The Hunger Games‘ development. I recommend you stay tuned and do the same.

Source: Deadline

Update Source: Variety

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  1. My wife absolutely LOVED this series. I’m not a reader per sé, I would rather draw, but from what she tells me it should be a really good flick.

  2. chloe should not be katniss. wat about like kayla scodelario from clash of the titans. or alexandra daddario (at least she looks like the character this time). and thats it

  3. Chloe Moretz will be very good as Katniss. She can combine her badass acting with attitude in Kick Ass, Diary of Wimpy Kid, 500 Days of Summer with deep emotional acting like in Let Me In, Not Forgotten, Poker House.

  4. I vote for Lyndsy Fonseca. Yes, I know she is older to be playing a teenager, but that never stops Hollywood. If Andrew Garfield can play a high school Peter Parker then anything goes.

  5. there is a girl name Malese Jow are been links to Katniss’s character.i haven’t read the book either but many people saying it’s does have a huge similarity with Battle Royale and Battle Royale are pretty good film.

  6. I LOVED this book. I haven’t read the other 2 yet but this would actually be a good movie. I actually don’t get the twilight comparisons that people throw out there. That needs to stop. This actually has potential of being taken seriously unlike twilight.

    • My wife and daughter both blazed through all three books (and neither of them are Twilight fans). They said once you start on them you can’t put these books down.


  7. I want Troian Bellisario for Katniss, Drew Roy for Gale, and Lucas Till or Alex Pettyfer for Peeta. I’d be happy with those three, no matter who the other actors are :)

  8. I actually like the idea of Malese Jow; I’ve seen her in Vampire Diaries and other movies and she has the looks

  9. I can not wait for Hunger Games to become a movie! I’ve been waiting for ever for this to happen! I must see it or I might go crazy! Hunger Games is the best series ever! If you haven’t read it yet than you must! Please put down any book you have and read the Hunger Games. I’M THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES #1 FAN!

  10. By the way Chloe Moretz is the worst person you can get for Katniss Everdeen. First of all Katniss is brunette and Chloe is blonde.I mean they don’t look anything alike!! Second of all Chloe looks like she is 12 and Katniss I think in the first book is 14 years old.

    • I get the age thing, but, uh, hair dye?



    • Katniss is sixteen in the first book…

    • i totally agree with you i honestly don’t think she will do well in that type of character as a matter of fact i can not stand her LOL