Gary Ross In Talks To Direct 'Hunger Games'

Katniss Everdeen is getting one step closer to the Hunger Games arena. According to a report from Deadline, the studio behind the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling YA trilogy is in talks with Gary Ross to direct.

You may remember from our "Hunger Games" chat last week, that Gary was among three directors caught in Lionsgate's crosshairs. Also in contention were "Eclipse" helmer David Slade and Sam Mendes ("American Beauty", "Revolutionary Road"). While we gave David the slight advantage in this competition, we think Gary is also a strong contender. Having written and directed the beautifully surreal "Pleasantville," Ross certainly has the eye to bring this dystopian tale to the big screen. And did we mention he has four Oscar nominations to his name? Not too shabby.

Deadline emphasized that a deal has not yet been struck between Gary and the studio, but he is their choice pending negotiations. Once a director is on board, then we can finally answer the big question: Who will play Katniss?

What do you think about Gary Ross potentially directing "The Hunger Games"?