Director Gary Ross has been hired by Lionsgate to bring the Hunger Games to the big screen. For those who don't know, The Hunger Games is a 2008 young-adult science-fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins. The story follows a young girl thrown into a survival contest in a dystopian future. Suzanne Collins adapted the novel for film herself, and her script is being revised by screenwriter Billy Ray.
Producer Alli Shearmur said about the Hunger Games:
Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production
"Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where North America once stood. This is where a powerful government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power.
The Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to fight to the death. The Hunger Games exist to demonstrate not even children are beyond the reach of the Capitol's power."
A few words from Director Gary Ross about his take on the Hunger Games:
We'll cast the right person for the part. Lionsgate has been great in the respect that they don't feel that this needs a movie star in Katniss' role. The greatest thing about the franchise and the books being the star is that we can cast whoever we want. So we all feel like we’re just going to cast the right person."
More information about the Hunger Games movie soon!