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Lionsgate plays Games

03.19.2009by: Jared Pacheco
Eariler this month we told you all about a flick headed our way called THE HUNGER GAMES, based on an insanely popular young adult novel. Well the last we heard there were a few major studios in the running for the gig... and one has finally emerged victorious!

Lionsgate is the lucky studio that'll be bringing THE HUNGER GAMES to the world with Nina Jacobson producing through her Color Force shingle. Are you asking yourself what in the world is THE HUNGER GAMES? Well you're not alone! Here's the synopsis: 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.

It's based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, who will also be penning the screenplay. You got to love when an author of a novel steps up to adapt the screenplay. THE HUNGER GAMES is actually the first in a planned trilogy, which Lionsgate hopes to cash in on with a movie trilogy as well. The second novel, entitled CATCHING FIRE, is set to hit bookshelves September 1st.

Lionsgate's President of Motion Picture Production Alli Shearmur, who'll be overseeing the production, had the following to say: “THE HUNGER GAMES is an incredible property and it is a thrill to bring it home to Lionsgate.This is the 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.”

Nina Jacobson added the following: “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.”

So there you have it. My gut feeling is this thing is going to be watered down to attract the TWILIGHT/HARRY POTTER audience but let's hope not! The fact that Lionsgate just scored the rights, having beat out other studios such as Warner Bros., isn't too comforting either. But alas we shall hold out hope for THE HUNGER GAMES. We'll be keeping an eye open for any other news on THE HUNGER GAMES so keep it here for updates!


I'd love to play some games with her...



Extra Tidbit: Both Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer speak very highly about THE HUNGER GAMES.
Source: Lionsgate

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