November 3, 1956
Los Angeles, California, United States [1 ]
Writer, producer, director
Spouse(s) Allison Thomas
Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956) is an American film director, writer, and author. He directed the film [2 ] , as well as The Hunger Games and the Best Picture nominated Pleasantville , among others. Seabiscuit
Life and career [ edit ]
Ross is the son of Gail and
Arthur A. Ross, the latter of whom was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter (" Brubaker"). He attended (though did not graduate from) the University of Pennsylvania, worked as a fisherman, worked on Ted Kennedy's 1980 Presidential campaign, consulted on both Michael Dukakis's and Bill Clinton's Presidential campaigns, and wrote a novel before being hired to write screenplays for Paramount Pictures. [3 ]
was his first produced screenplay. Co-written with Big Anne Spielberg (sister of Steven), it led to an Academy Award nomination and a Writers Guild of America Award. He went on to write several other successful films, including in 1993. In 1998, he wrote and directed Dave , and in 2003, he wrote, directed and produced Pleasantville based on Seabiscuit, by Seabiscuit: An American Legend Laura Hillenbrand. The film earned seven Academy Award nominations.
Ross took on the high-profile project of co-adapting and directing
the film adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy. The film was released on March 23, 2012, and earned $672,826,249 worldwide as of June 2012. Hunger Games 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. [4 ]
Ross also wrote and produced the animated feature
, based on the The Tale of Despereaux Newbery Medal-winning children's book by Kate DiCamillo. His first book, "Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind," was published by Candlewick Press in 2012. A children's book, it is written completely in verse.
In August 2012, Gary Ross was announced as the director of the upcoming film adaption of the novel,
, by Peter and the Starcatchers Walt Disney Pictures.
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