Three Directors Linked to HUNGER GAMES Film Adaptation

Gary Ross, Sam Mendes and David Slade have supposedly emerged as the favorites to helm the first film based off of Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy.


The Hunger Games, a young-adult science fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins which has spurred two sequels, is the latest hot property which has garnered enough attention for a major motion picture adaptation.

Unlike previous book series it has been compared to, The Twilight Saga (a story of a teenage girl thrown into the world of vampires and werewolves) and The Millennium Trilogy (about a 20-something Swedish hacker and her private detective friend), Hunger Games follows the life of sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where a powerful government called the "Capitol" has risen up after several devastating disasters. The Hunger Games itself is an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to a fight. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to show how no one, including children, is above the Capitol's power. The last of the young challengers to survive the harshness of the wilderness wins the game.


Recently, young starlet Chole Moretz has been linked to the film's leading role of Katniss, though nothing official has come from the studio behind the project, Lionsgate Entertainment. Deadline NY is now reporting the names of three directors who may have moved to the top of the short-list to helm the first film: Gary Ross, Sam Mendes and David Slade. Though popular in their own respective rights, these three directors share very little in their storytelling styles. The news agency goes on to explain that another director, Andrew Adamson, had just taken himself out of the running for the film.


Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

Pietro Filipponi's picture

Well, Slade definitely has the edge to pull this off. After making (what I thought to be) the only good Twilight movie, I'd say he's a shoe in for this flick.

But I'd like to see what Mendes could do with it. Especially since I want to see Slade tackle a comic property.


InstigatorGIRL's picture

I saw the book today and almost picked it up because it was one of the "staff picks." Would anyone recommend this? It kinda seemed like "Battle Royale."