Lionsgate Plays Some “Hunger Games”

Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film based on Suzanne Collins’ sci-fi young adult novel “The Hunger Games” says the trades.

The first in a planned trilogy, a young love triangle plays 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.

Nina Jacobson’s Color Force productions will produce and Collins will adapt her own book for the screen. The second installment, “Catching Fire”, hits bookshelves in September.