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See what The Hunger Games could have been in this "pitch" reel from director Kevin Tancharoen

Sep. 6, 2012by: Paul Shirey

THE HUNGER GAMES was a massive success at the box office this year, creating a franchise out of author Suzanne Collins series of books and shooting Jennifer Lawrance straight into the A-list. It received predominantly positive reviews and continues to rake in the bucks on blu-ray/DVD.

But...

Before director Gary Ross took over the project, another filmmaker was vying for the gig. Kevin Tancharoen, the filmmaker behind FAME and the MORTAL KOMBAT web series (and developing feature film) made a mash-up pitch reel for Lionsgate (much like Joe Carnahan's Daredevil pitch) in the hopes of taking on the now epic franchise, which showed a much darker, edgier tone to the series.

Check it out:

Tancharoen's pitch reel didn't get him the job, but he is happy with the final result regardless, saying "It was incredibly difficult to find all these clips and tell a new story but Im happy with the way it turned out. I would love for this to be an example for people who want to know what a pitch reel looks like and how to create one from existing movies. I really loved the film that Lionsgate, Gary Ross, and Nina Jacobson made I went opening night. I just think its interesting to see how different directors visualize the same source material. Ive always enjoyed when other directors showcase their processit has helped me learn tremendously."

Personally, I thought THE HUNGER GAMES was good, but would much rather have seen something along Tancharoen's vision, even if it seems bleaker than Collins' source material. What do you think? Which version do you prefer, the actual film we got or the one that could've been?

THE HUNGER GAMES blu-ray/DVD is now in stores.

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Source: Slashfilm

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6:02PM on 09/07/2012

Awesome pitch!

REALLY liked the vibe, mainly because it seemed to be developing on the book material instead of regurgitating it. The Hunger Games movie needed a more original and edgy screenplay - the scene for scene (ala Harry Potter) style was so boring and really lost something from the book. But then, I wonder if he would have been able/allowed to carry it through during production?
REALLY liked the vibe, mainly because it seemed to be developing on the book material instead of regurgitating it. The Hunger Games movie needed a more original and edgy screenplay - the scene for scene (ala Harry Potter) style was so boring and really lost something from the book. But then, I wonder if he would have been able/allowed to carry it through during production?
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10:01AM on 09/07/2012
Was that an Orc?

Kevin Tancharoen: "I'm gonna throw in a fucking Orc. Chicks love Orcs."
Was that an Orc?

Kevin Tancharoen: "I'm gonna throw in a fucking Orc. Chicks love Orcs."
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4:04AM on 09/07/2012
At the rate Hollywood is spitting out remakes. I am sure you can all expect a Hunger Games version like this one three months after 2nd Mockingjay movie reaches DVD.
At the rate Hollywood is spitting out remakes. I am sure you can all expect a Hunger Games version like this one three months after 2nd Mockingjay movie reaches DVD.
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11:58PM on 09/06/2012

confusing!

I read that it was a mashup, but for some reason, didn't recognize that it was until I saw the first clip from that old guy in Gladiator and was like... HE'S PLAYING THE EXACT SAME ROLE?? AWESOME!! But now. I feel stupid.
I read that it was a mashup, but for some reason, didn't recognize that it was until I saw the first clip from that old guy in Gladiator and was like... HE'S PLAYING THE EXACT SAME ROLE?? AWESOME!! But now. I feel stupid.
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11:40PM on 09/06/2012
I loved the book. They ruined the story through the movie. If you've read the books you'll know what I'm talking about.
I loved the book. They ruined the story through the movie. If you've read the books you'll know what I'm talking about.
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8:32PM on 09/06/2012
I would have liked to have seen a darker version, especially given that it is about 24 kids fighting each other to the death for the amusement of a populace. The version that came out was stunted and just bad. It was like the director loved to see the inside of all the actor's nostrils by placing the majority of the shots in a close up and underneath the actor's chins. The best news we got was that he wasn't coming back to direct the sequel.
I would have liked to have seen a darker version, especially given that it is about 24 kids fighting each other to the death for the amusement of a populace. The version that came out was stunted and just bad. It was like the director loved to see the inside of all the actor's nostrils by placing the majority of the shots in a close up and underneath the actor's chins. The best news we got was that he wasn't coming back to direct the sequel.
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7:56PM on 09/06/2012

WTF>

That was sick ass pitch reel :) I would of deft seen a darker version of this film something that wasn't so cheesy. I hated the hunger games it was to cliche for me. It felt like it ripped off from so many other movies. Even the ships in the movie reminded me of something out of BSG. But I'll always stick with BR :)
That was sick ass pitch reel :) I would of deft seen a darker version of this film something that wasn't so cheesy. I hated the hunger games it was to cliche for me. It felt like it ripped off from so many other movies. Even the ships in the movie reminded me of something out of BSG. But I'll always stick with BR :)
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7:32PM on 09/06/2012
In my opinion, this looks way better than the movie we got.
In my opinion, this looks way better than the movie we got.
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4:59PM on 09/06/2012
The girl who played Katniss is the gorgeous Kaya Scodelario from Skins [link]
The girl who played Katniss is the gorgeous Kaya Scodelario from Skins [link]
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4:33PM on 09/06/2012
That was interesting but a bit too dark in my opinion. I am glad i read the book before i saw the movie since it is told from Katniss' point of view. Thats what the movie was trying to do also which was the point of the shaky cam stuff. The movie gets criticized for not showing enough of the violence & the comparisons to Twilight were ridiculous. I am curious to see what they do with Catching Fire because it is more violent & dark& brutal.. The books were good but I could not finish
That was interesting but a bit too dark in my opinion. I am glad i read the book before i saw the movie since it is told from Katniss' point of view. Thats what the movie was trying to do also which was the point of the shaky cam stuff. The movie gets criticized for not showing enough of the violence & the comparisons to Twilight were ridiculous. I am curious to see what they do with Catching Fire because it is more violent & dark& brutal.. The books were good but I could not finish Mockingjay because it strayed too far away from the source material & got too political. Let's see how they hand it since they are splitting it into 2 films.
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5:10PM on 09/06/2012
I agree that Mockingjay was pretty bad compared to 1 and 2 (books). It felt rushed and all the character development from 1 and 2 is thrown in the waste basket. Obviously we all know that a Mockingjay movie will be made regardless of what many are saying about it. The one thing that stands out here is many fans share the same opinions has you and I. Pretty sure the studios and the writers do not want to release a poor final installment.
I believe if when a director accepts the job. Hopefully
I agree that Mockingjay was pretty bad compared to 1 and 2 (books). It felt rushed and all the character development from 1 and 2 is thrown in the waste basket. Obviously we all know that a Mockingjay movie will be made regardless of what many are saying about it. The one thing that stands out here is many fans share the same opinions has you and I. Pretty sure the studios and the writers do not want to release a poor final installment.
I believe if when a director accepts the job. Hopefully he or she will have lots of freedom in tweaking and removing the obvious poor aspects from the third book. I am pretty sure the author/ writer herself probably has some regrets and could give better ideas now that she's had more time to think about it rather than rush her writing in order to release on a deadline. Hopefully the script writers will actually do some research into the fans take since there is plenty of time to address this. Its very possible that the end film product of Mockingjay could be much better than the book which is rare. It would also be very cool knowing that the Mockingjay movie is completely different than the book.
4:31PM on 09/06/2012
Pretty nifty. Who's Katniss in that reel?
Pretty nifty. Who's Katniss in that reel?
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4:10PM on 09/06/2012
after that MK film, i dig this director. i think he has the mentality i can agree with. i love his grit.

you have to remember, the fan base of franchises like MK, Street Fighter (and most video games), and even comics, are getting older. there are millions of people in the demo that grew up with this stuff, and they want to see it grow up with them, rather than it be an eternally kid-centric draw.
after that MK film, i dig this director. i think he has the mentality i can agree with. i love his grit.

you have to remember, the fan base of franchises like MK, Street Fighter (and most video games), and even comics, are getting older. there are millions of people in the demo that grew up with this stuff, and they want to see it grow up with them, rather than it be an eternally kid-centric draw.
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3:39PM on 09/06/2012

You thought The Hunger Games was good?

You work on a movie site and you can't see how that movie is idiotic?

Are you kidding? At one point she sees the announcer repeating something he had said to the audience earlier even though she can't hear him or his narrative coverage.

That's how much effort and quality is held in that movie. It can't even keep it's own stupid bullshit straight.

That reel looks okay but nothing overly special. It sucks that mediocre directors are getting work simply by giving the audience a facsimile
You work on a movie site and you can't see how that movie is idiotic?

Are you kidding? At one point she sees the announcer repeating something he had said to the audience earlier even though she can't hear him or his narrative coverage.

That's how much effort and quality is held in that movie. It can't even keep it's own stupid bullshit straight.

That reel looks okay but nothing overly special. It sucks that mediocre directors are getting work simply by giving the audience a facsimile of the quality they're after.
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5:41PM on 09/06/2012
@higgins, working at a movie site requires that you have a more diverse palate, so that you can report on a variety of stories. I don't love everything I write about, but other people may, so sharing those stories is essential to keeping everyone happy and in the know. I may inject my opinion here and there, but that's easily dismissed, as you could choose to do here.

The Hunger Games isn't the best film ever made, but it's surely more entertaining than some of the other crap I've seen
@higgins, working at a movie site requires that you have a more diverse palate, so that you can report on a variety of stories. I don't love everything I write about, but other people may, so sharing those stories is essential to keeping everyone happy and in the know. I may inject my opinion here and there, but that's easily dismissed, as you could choose to do here.

The Hunger Games isn't the best film ever made, but it's surely more entertaining than some of the other crap I've seen this year. So, yeah, it was good. It's cool if you didn't dig it, but there's some pretty big numbers defeating your claim that it was idiotic.

3:11AM on 09/07/2012
I hear you higgins, they movie was pretty lame but you can only do so much when the source material is so empty.
And you can't really fault them for catering to everyone by reporting on everything, that's what the site is all about.

But at the same time Shirey, are you seriously using the argument that the big numbers are a justification of it not being idiotic? Transformers and Twilight made big numbers too, should we just be blind to the fact that those films prey on, and perpetuate the
I hear you higgins, they movie was pretty lame but you can only do so much when the source material is so empty.
And you can't really fault them for catering to everyone by reporting on everything, that's what the site is all about.

But at the same time Shirey, are you seriously using the argument that the big numbers are a justification of it not being idiotic? Transformers and Twilight made big numbers too, should we just be blind to the fact that those films prey on, and perpetuate the low standards, of the lowest common denominator...?
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