'Hunger' pangs for Color Force

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Nina Jacobson and her Color Force shingle have gobbled up the movie rights to "The Hunger Games," Suzanne Collins' futuristic young-adult novel.

The book, which was released last year to solid reviews and even made the lists of top children's literature, flew past most executives until "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer raved about it on her blog. Stephen King also praised the book.

That put development execs at Scott Free, Spyglass, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate on the case, though Jacobson's tenacity won out. Her intent is to incubate the project quickly before taking it to studios.

The Scholastic book, the first of a trilogy, has a "Battle Royale"-meets-"Running Man" feel, tackling contemporary culture by telling the story of an America where subjugated districts must pay tribute in the form of a boy and a girl who are forced to participate in a televised battle to the death.

Former studio exec Jacobson is in preproduction on "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," the adaptation of Jeff Kinney's popular book series that Thor Freudenthal is directing. Brad Simpson also is producing. (partialdiff)
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