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Gary Ross officially on board for HUNGER GAMES

Tim Sweeney

by: Tim Sweeney
December 17th, 2010

Gordon And The Whale reported months ago that Gary Ross was at the top of Lionsgate's list for candidates to direct the first installment of HUNGER GAMES, which is set to be a trilogy based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian sci-fi novels. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Lionsgate got their man. Ross announced that he will be at the helm when HUNGER GAMES goes into production, likely in late spring of 2011.

Ross will be stepping out from films such as SEABISCUIT and PLEASANTVILLE, which brought him to prominence, in favor of this Orwellian saga of a post-apocalyptic world. The story follows 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, who is to take part in a yearly televised event where one boy and one girl are selected from every district to battle each other to the death. Katniss has volunteered to take the place of her younger sister, but must battle a boy who once saved her life. It is as though Shakespeare, MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME, 1984, and BATTLE ROYALE produced an offspring.

Ross denies any reports that claim there is a frontrunner for the part of Katniss. From my point of view, it seems that Chloe Moretz has had a monopoly on roles of young girls who kill people over the last year. No matter whom he chooses, there will be a legion of Collins' fans standing in the background with the arms crossed, serving as a deterrent from any attempt to strip away or dumb down the grittiness of Katniss' character.

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