Director Gary Ross---the man who once took audiences to blissful '50s era suburbia in Pleasantville---could be taking us to futuristic gladiator games between teens, with Heat Vision reporting he's leading the director search for The Hunger Games. Based on the young-adult novel series by Suzanne Collins, Lionsgate has the rights with hopes of developing a possible film franchise from the property. Ross has emerged as the favorite after producer Nina Jacobson and execs from Lionsgate, where the project is set up, met with a cadre of helmers including Ron Howard, Sam Mendes, Rupert Sanders and David Slade.
Plot Concept: The publisher describes the story as a look into a dystopic Capitol society which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.