Look no further than Suzanne Collins' dystopian teen thriller 'The Hunger Games' for proof that studios and book fans are salivating for the next big movie series. Here are five more to watch out for in the next couple of years:
'The Hunger Games'
Written By: Suzanne Collins, who wowed audiences and critics with her dark, sociopolitical trilogy that captured an audience that's nearly as diverse in age and gender as 'Potter'
What It's About: In a bleak, postwar future, huntress Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, above) takes her little sister's place in an annual, televised battle-to-the-death contest against 23 other teen competitors, including her classmate Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). As they train to become their District's winning "Tribute" to the titular Hunger Games, it's obvious their developing friendship complicates their ability to kill each other in the Arena.
Movie Cred: It's TV's 'Survivor' times the 'Twilight' love triangle multiplied by a 'Potter'-like fanbase. Directed by Gary Ross ('Seabiscuit'), the 'Games' begin March 23, 2012, starring a host of hot young stars and A-list supporting players. In the meantime, fans obsess over every image (like this awesome "motion poster"), cast listing and gossipy tidbit about the adaptation. From what we've seen so far, it looks great.