'Hunger Games' Producers Sign First-Look Deal With Fox 2000

Nina Jacobson

UPDATED: Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson's Color Force worked with Fox 2000 on the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" film franchise.

Fox 2000 has signed a three-year first-look deal with Color Force, the production banner run by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and best known for the Hunger Games movies.

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Color Force, whose exec stable also includes senior vp Bryan Unkeless, worked with Fox 2000 on a trio of Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies, the successful adaptation of the Jeff Kinney book series.

The company is currently developing a feature film adaptation of Robert Crais best-selling novel Suspect for Fox 2000. Suspect will be the first project to fall under the new deal.

Said Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler: “Their passion and commitment to filmmakers and material is inspirational and exciting, and we know this will be a wonderful continuation to what has been an extremely collaborative and productive partnership.”

Unkeless will oversee development for Color Force.

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“Elizabeth Gabler is that rare executive who makes movies based on passion and instinct,” said Jacobson. “Her taste, integrity and conviction make Fox 2000 the perfect place for us to grow and expand our slate.  
Jacobson is coming off the wrap of principal photography of the third and fourth Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay - Part 1 and Mockingjay - Part 2. The movies have release dates of Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively. The franchise, with only two films so far, has made more than $1.5 billion worldwide.

Color Force is known for its literary adaptations and is developing best-selling novels Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Crazy Rich Asians and The Goldfinch.

The company already has a first-look deal with FX Productions and its first project, OJ Simpson: The Run of His Life, will premiere as a limited series on Fox in 2015.

Jacobson and Color Force are repped by Ziffren Brittenham.