Gary Ross is all set to take directing duties for The Hunger Games and it is based on the book by Suzanne Collins. There were several directors in contention to direct the three books. There were names like Sam Mendes, Francis Lawrence, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Ruper Sanders and Susanna White. But for the time being Ross is the top man for the job.
The script was written by Billy Ray and he co wrote it with Collins’. Ross will be good for this project and he has some really good work behind him in movies like Pleasantville and Seabiscuit. The cast of the film is the next big thing actually.
It might turn out into a Twilight like franchise if thing go well. Here is a small synopsis of the film.
In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.