Gary Ross lined up for Houdini

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
May 3rd, 2012

Gary Ross is set to direct 'Houdini'.

The filmaker - who recently directed the first instalment of 'The Hunger Games' - is in negotiations to helm the big screen adaptation of 'The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero', William Kalush and Larry Sloman's biography of escapologist Harry Houdini.

The book is famed for insinuating Houdini acted as a spy for Britain, helped the Secret Service and was in cahoots with police organisations.

Summit Entertainment picked up feature-film rights to the book in March 2009 with the aim of launching an action-thriller franchise and Noah Oppenheim wrote the most recent draft of the script.

Ross - who has previously helmed 'Pleasantville' and 'Seabiscuit' - recently pulled out of directing the sequel to 'The Hunger Games' with Francis Lawrence replacing him.

Although Ross is yet to sign up, bosses are hoping he will agree to do it, but he is known for being very choosy about his projects.

Houdini has been the focus of a number of biopics, including 2007's 'Death Defying Acts', which saw Guy Pearce play the escape artist.