Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956) is an American film director, writer, and author. He wrote and directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit, among others.
Ross took on the high-profile project of co-adapting and directing the film adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. The film was released on March 23, 2012, and earned $672,826,249 worldwide as of June 2012. Although the movie was financially and critically successful, Ross opted to not adapt or direct the sequels, citing the rushed production schedule as his main reason.