The Twilight and Harry Potter franchises might be winding down, but that doesn't mean audiences will be bereft of young-adult oriented fantasy fare. First published two years ago, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, quickly became a hit with both teen and post-teen readers. A cross between Battle Royale and The Running Man, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future where teens are forced by a dictatorial government to fight in deadly gladiatorial contests on broadcast TV.

Lionsgate picked up the film rights with Collins getting a first past at the screenplay, but unsurprisingly hired experienced screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach, Flightplan) to handle the rewrite. Now that the rewrite's in, Lionsgate wants to press forward with the big-screen adaptation. According to Deadline, Lionsgate executives have narrowed the pool of potential directors to Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), and Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, American Beauty).
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