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New info on ‘The Hunger Games’ movie adaptation

HollywoodNews.com: Hollywood is hungry for “The Hunger Games”. In the wake of last week’s much-hyped release of “Mockingjay”–the third and final book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy–the production team in charge of the trilogy’s adaptation to the big screen is getting serious about the project.

In a new Daily Beast article detailing the dystopian premise of the series (in which teenagers are pitted against each other in an arena for a televised fight to the death) and the creative fervor of its millions of fans both teenage and adult, producer Nina Jacobson is quoted as saying the film version “should absolutely be rated PG-13…it would be wrong to make the R-rated version of it. The situations are so intense and frightening; it’s just going to be a matter of creating suspense. The power of movies can be just as much about what you don’t see as what you do.”

Collins herself wrote a screenplay draft, and Billy Ray (the man behind the upcoming film adaptation of “24”) polished it. The film is still sans director, however. “The book’s ethics are clear, and we will find a director who can handle the material in the right way,” Jacobson says. “Suzanne was rightly concerned that it had the potential to be turned into something she hated, glorifying the violence the book is meant to critique.”

She continues, ““What Suzanne managed in the book is to explore violence and exploitation without it feeling exploitative or guilty of its own themes. It pulls off being commentary and a really gripping page-turner at the same time.” Fans can hope the upcoming film finds the perfect balance.

While the film remains uncast, who do you see as the characters, “Hunger Games” fans?

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  • September 29, 2010 | Permalink |

    yeah! i think a mini series would be awesome! it will definitely be a hit!

  • October 4, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think a PG hunger games would be ridiculous. Its like making a PG war movie, it just won’t have the same effect. If that is done, it will be clear that they are selling out in order to apeal to the teenage (twilight) audience, despite there being a massive amount of adult fans of the book.
    Please do this book justice!


  • October 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    So I deffinately agree with some of you, on some of your suggestions.
    WIlliams Moseley would be a good Peeta, but Max Theriot should be considered too! Gale HAS TO BE Drew Roy, Cinna should be played by Matt Dallas. Haymitch is no one else but Hugh Laurie! President Snow, has to be Malcom McDowell, and most importantly Katniss should FOR SURE be CAMILLA BELLE, WHICH NO ONE HAS SAID YET!!!! She’d be absolutely the ONLY known Actress I could see as her. Oh and Charlotte Arnold as Effie.

  • October 8, 2010 | Permalink |

    While reading it I couldn’t help but picture Trevor Donovan as Peeta & Cheyenne Jackson as Cinna. I think Camilla Belle is a great idea for Katniss. I’m obsessed with the books and it’s always fun to see if the movie will live up to the amazing version that lives in your head.

  • October 9, 2010 | Permalink |

    yo, i just wanted to tell u ppl that there should b auditions for the public. 1 in every state during the week to not fill in ur schedules. I mean, nobody knew about the harry potter ppl until harry potter, now some of them have even won grammys! email me if u’ll consider it! r whatever:)

  • October 10, 2010 | Permalink |

    They should definitely hurry up in deciding when are they really gonna start this film. Lots of fans are obviously getting impatient!
    I mean, come on, this book’s so great, it’s gonna be the best blockbuster movie of the year.

    Just hope they choose the right cast…

  • October 10, 2010 | Permalink |

    Cillian Murphy as Cinna, people. He has the looks for it (I recall Cinna being described as someone who looked handsome, but out of place in the capitol), and he has the /skill/. He’s incredibly versatile, and better still, he’s practically an unknown!

  • October 10, 2010 | Permalink |

    Peeta : Lucas Till
    Gale: Drew Roy
    Haymitch: Hugh Lauire
    Prim: Elle Fanning
    Thresh: Jared Padalecki

    i think Kristen Stewart would be a great Katniss… i dont care if she was in Twilight …. admit it she looks like Katniss Everdeen

  • October 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    “admit it she looks like Katniss Everdeen”

    Since when did Stewart have black hair and grey eyes…?

  • October 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think that Hugh Laurie would be a great Haymitch and I think that Jodelle Ferland would make a good Katniss but also I think that Camilla Belle would make a good one to. Also definetly a good Gale would be Drew Roy 🙂

  • October 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    If Camilla (24) can be Katniss, I don’t see why Jesse Eisenberg can’t be Peeta. He’s the perfect bread boy 🙂 If I remember correctly, Peeta’s hair is curly. I read the book before Social Network was out and somehow I always have him in mind as Peeta.

  • October 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    no kristen stewart does not know how to act someone different should play the role of Katniss Everdeen

  • October 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think that casting should also include some of the provinces in Canada, I for one, would love to audition. It’s a great series, and one which should not be obscured by well known actors, ruining the story.

  • October 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    Anyone remembers Rue? While all of you are fightning who should play katniss, we should also discuss who should be the tributes should be.

  • October 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think Elle Fanning should play the role of Rue .

  • October 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think most of the roles should be unknown. Also, the movie has to be PG-13. The book is aimed at ages 12-18 (tribute ages), so an R rated movie would leave a lot of disappointed fans. The adults alone are not enough for a second movie to be worth it financially. Also, Does anybody know anything about casting and film location? I would love to play an extra in the movie. A district 12 resident, a capitol person, maybe an avox.

  • October 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    Hey, I think that Bonnie Wright could be a good Foxface, while I agree with Elle Fanning as Prim though (not Rue), and Jodelle Ferland could also be a great Katniss (other than the fact that she does not look 16). As far as Peeta goes, maybe that guy from Narnia, or Tom Felton? Nobody from Twilight should be in these movies though – they are two different series and need to stay that way. As soon as you throw in any of the guys that girls will go crazy for, then thats what the whole movie becomes about and it will be viewed as a total girly chicflick, so yeah, that’s what I think…

  • October 18, 2010 | Permalink |

    Katniss: A NEW GIRL. please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need it so desperately to be someone new and deep. not just someone who can play a teen

  • January 15, 2011 | Permalink |

    Kaya Scodelario is exactly how i picture Katniss and she is perfect for the part!! She’s not really very known yet except for Skins and in Clash of the Titans. Same goes for Alex Pettyfer, who i think is the perfect Peeta. Everyone else thinks that people like William ” Gross”ly or Hunter Parish, wierd people who do NOT look like Peeta, should play as him. And Gale should definitely be played by Drew Roy or Adam Gregory!! I definitely agree that Hunger Games should be rated PG-13 and not R, cuz I don’t want peepz saying that I can’t watch R, even though I’ve watched R movies b4.

  • January 15, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think that Rue could be played well by Zendaya Coleman. Anyone??? I know that she’s from disney but she’s a good little actress! And I think that Clove could be either Sara Paxton or Miley Cyrus. They both look like they could fit the part and I think that Miley Cyrus could almost play any role, like she played a bad girl in The Last Song, good girl in others. Thresh could be played by Kellan Lutz( I know that he doesn’t have dark skin and that he’s from Twilight but Thresh is supposed to be big and strong), Cato could also be played by Adam Gregory. Foxface, Emma Stone OR Emma Roberts OR Molly Quinn, any would be good.

  • January 31, 2011 | Permalink |

    Jake Abel is a perfect Peeta I think, and nobody I have seen looks quite right for Katniss..

  • March 28, 2011 | Permalink |

    CHARLIE SHEEN FTW. He would make a good haymoch in my opinion. They both think high of themselves and the most iomportant part is that THEY ARE BOTH ALWAYS DRUNK. lol xD

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