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About the Movie!

Lionsgate Feasts on The Hunger Games

March 18, 2009
              Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired worldwide distributionrights to the film version of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling futuristic young adult novel The Hunger Games. Collins will adapt the screenplay from her novel, the first in a trilogy. Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force shingle. The announcement was made by Joe Drake, Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer.

“The Hunger Games” was published by Scholastic last year, and has been singled out for raves by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer. The trilogy’s eagerly anticipated second installment, “Catching Fire,” is due out September 1, 2009.

Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production, Alli Shearmur, will oversee the production for the studio, along with Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Motion Picture Production, Jim Miller.

Said Shearmur, “‘The Hunger Games’ is an incredible property and it is a thrill to bring it home to Lionsgate. This is exactly the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: youthful, exciting, smart and edgy. We are looking forward to working with Nina and Suzanne to create a movie that satisfies audiences’ hunger for high-quality entertainment.”

Said Jacobson, “I am thrilled to have Lionsgate as a partner in ‘The Hunger Games.’ The suspense of ‘The Hunger Games’ is heightened by its spirit of moral inquiry, and Suzanne has entrusted Lionsgate and me to bring that moral perspective to the adaptation – a charge we fully intend to honor.”

In the story, a dystopic Capitol requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. When Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery, Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.

Scholastic.com interview with Suzanne Collins:
Q: We understand you worked on the initial screenplay for a film to be based on The Hunger Games. What is the biggest difference between writing a novel and writing a screenplay?

SC: There were several significant differences. Time, for starters. When you’re adapting a novel into a two-hour movie you can’t take everything with you. The story has to be condensed to fit the new form. Then there’s the question of how best to take a book told in the first person and present tense and transform it into a satisfying dramatic experience. In the novel, you never leave Katniss for a second and are privy to all of her thoughts so you need a way to dramatize her inner world and to make it possible for other characters to exist outside of her company. Finally, there’s the challenge of how to present the violence while still maintaining a PG-13 rating so that your core audience can view it. A lot of things are acceptable on a page that wouldn’t be on a screen. But how certain moments are depicted will ultimately be in the director’s hands.

The movie is set to start production in 2011, and release in 2013!!!



8 Responses to “About the Movie!”

    why can’t it just come out NOW?!?!?!!

    • HEY cutepuppygirl,
      I COMPLETELYYYYYY AGREEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      The wait is KILLING ME! For some reason i thought it came out next year, but apparantly i was just dreaming 😀
      It doesn’t come out til 2013 and ive already made plans to go see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      GO PEETA!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks so much for making this on you guys site!!!
    I’m totally obsessed with this, I mean its getting kind of bad when I need to look at my books at least once a day or I go into cardiac arrest.
    I plan to stalk the cast, I will miss school, and probably have a restraining order put against me… but it will be worth it!
    This will be the best movie ever and better get like 20 oscars!!!!
    Long live Peeta and LONG LIVE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!!

    • You are psycho.

      • That was pretty harsh Hilda… I mean hUNgEr GAmEs does have a point. This novel is so good, I have dedicated my entire thesis paper in college to prove how a society like the one in the hunger games could happen too us. So don’t mess with hUNgEr GAmEs are we might have to take this to the un-virtual world!!! And hUNgEr GAmEs…you want to have coffee sometime?

      • You know what Carl, you are going to fail college. Then you are gonna move in with your granny cause your momma is DISGRACED by your stupidity. You are going to get beat up one day just like Snow was mauled by that vicious crowd. I hope no one blesses you with bread in the future. And i also hope that you and hUNgEr GAmEs enjoy coffee as black as your souls.

  3. I hope this movie is at least half as decent as the movie – I love the series soooooo much!!!!!

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