Directing Trio Consider “Hunger Games”

Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit,” “Pleasantville”), Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Revolutionary Road”) and David Slade (“30 Days of Night,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) have emerged as the favourites to potentially direct the franchise launcher “The Hunger Games” for Lionsgate says Deadline.

The project is based on the Suzanne Collins novel series which have developed a major following across all ages and is said to potentially be the ‘next Twilight’. The first in a planned trilogy, the story involves a young love triangle playing out against a dystopian future where North America has been divided into twelve oppressed districts, each of which is forced to send tribute in the form of a boy and a girl to compete in a televised battle to the death once a year.

Collins adapted her own book which Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass”) has re-written and just handed in. All three directors are said to be meeting with the studio next week before they make a decision. Nina Jacobson will produce the project which is set to hover near a $60 million budget.