Lionsgate seems determined to bring Hunger Games, the young-adult science-fiction novel by Suzanne Collins, to the big screen: they just announced that the film will be released on March 23, 2012. Director Gary Ross will helm the project based on a script written by Suzanne Collins herself and revised by Billy Ray.
“Set in post-apocalyptic America, Hunger Games introduces 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen, who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annual event called the Hunger Games. The battles are televised, and pit youths from each of the Capitol’s 12 Districts against each other.”
Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy of science fiction novels. So if the film performs, sequels are likely.