Gary Ross was officially named director of the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie on December 17, 2010 in an Entertainment Weekly article. According to Deadline there was six other directors in the running for the coveted role including Sam Mendes, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders and Susanna White.
A couple weeks after Gary Ross was names director, he chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the Hunger Games, including Katniss and Rue’s relationship: “I can’t wait to do the relationship with Rue— both developing the relationship between Katniss and Rue and also the poignancy of Rue’s funeral. How Katniss decorates her body with flowers? I mean, it’s just so beautiful.”
“The first thing that allows you to do that is Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s such an unbelievable actor. She has so much depth and power and talent and sophistication and sensitivity and subtly that she’s become Katniss Everdeen synonymously. I hope people feel about Jen and Katniss at the end of this three-book cycle the way they feel about Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter — that they’ve become very, synonymous with one another.”
“It’s an intensely physical movie. Jen’s in 110 percent of the movie, she works every day all day. It’s a very physically demanding thing that she’s doing.”
“There are times when you’re viscerally inside [Jennifer Lawrence's] shoes, and that’s the main experience. And there are other times when you’re witnessing her the way they’re witnessing her in the Game—and she’s constantly being watched, which is one of the things that makes the book so compelling. But it’s mainly an intense first-person experience, inside Katniss’ shoes.”
A Portrait of Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson:
“When she first read it only about 150,000 copies of the book had been sold. ‘By the time I put it down I had become obsessed with the book and with the idea that I had to produce the movie,’ says Jacobson. So she made a plea to author Suzanne Collins to give her the rights to the books. No studios were competing to buy the rights, but Jacobson won out over several other producers. ‘She felt extraordinarily passionate about the material,’ says Collins. ‘She had the same fears that I did about the ways it could be misused.’” Forbes April 7, 2011
Robin Bissell and Louise Rosner
Suzanne Collins is also listed as an Executive Producer on the Hunger Games IMDB page. This has not been confirmed by Lionsgate. Anyone with an IMDBPro account can go in and edit information, so for now, consider this a rumor unless it gets officially announced.