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Lionsgate gets hungry

23/03/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy The Hunger Games in the USA - or Buy The Hunger Games in the UK

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Movie studio Lionsgate has bought the film rights of Suzanne Collins' scifi YA novel, The Hunger Games.

Lionsgate has told us that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film version of Suzanne Collins' young adult science fiction novel The Hunger Games. Collins will adapt the screenplay from her novel, the first in a trilogy. Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force shingle.

The Hunger Games was published by Scholastic in 2008. The trilogy's second installment, Catching Fire, is due out September 1st 2009.

Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production, Alli Shearmur, will oversee the production for the studio, along with Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production, Jim Miller.

In the The Hunger Games, a dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen's little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

Alli Shearmur told the Nest, "The Hunger Games is an incredible property and it is a thrill to bring it home to Lionsgate. This is the exactly the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: youthful, exciting, smart and edgy.We are looking forward to working with Nina and Suzanne to create a movie that satisfies audiences' hunger for high-quality entertainment."

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