Gary Ross, helmer of films such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville is in negotiations to take on The Hunger Games. According to Deadline, the feature adaptation is the first in the novel trilogy by author Suzanne Collins. Lionsgate will produce the film and has narrowed down Ross to direct. He’s just one of many candidates who’ve been circling the project including Sam Mendes and David Slade.

The Hunger Games “takes place in the futuristic ruins of North America, which crumbled and was replaced by a Capitol and 12 districts. Each district is forced to supply 2 teenagers, between 12 and 18. They participate in The Hunger Games, a televised reality series that pits the contestants against one another in a battle to the death. The heroine is 16-year old Katniss Everdeen, a skilled hunter who’s adept with a bow and arrow. She replaces her younger sister, who was chosen in a lottery. She is joined by a baker’s son who is also chosen from her dirt poor home district.”

The story sounds pretty hardcore and from what we’ve heard, the book is an excellent read. Lionsgate is looking for The Hunger Games trilogy to become their “game changer” much like how The Twilight Saga was for Summit Entertainment. As for Ross, his deal isn’t set in stone just yet. The negotiation process is still going on but it looks like he’s the studio’s first choice.

Have you read The Hunger Games? Do you think it could become bigger than Twilight?