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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