Lionsgate wins film rights to sci-fi The Hunger Games

Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film project The Hunger Games, which will be derived from a futuristic young-adult novel written by Suzanne Collins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Producer Nina Jacobson grabbed film rights to the book for her independent Color Force banner in a highly competitive environment two weeks ago. Collins will adapt her own book for the screen.

The Scholastic novel, which is the first in a planned trilogy, imagines a dystopian future in which North America has been divided into 12 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.

Released last year, the book had gained modest popularity until Stephen King and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer publicly gave it kudos, propelling it onto best-seller lists.

Collins' second installment, Catching Fire, is due on bookshelves Sept. 1.

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