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Director Gary Ross discusses adapting The Hunger Games

01.09.2011
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THE HUNGER GAMES movies are poised to become the next TWILIGHT SAGA-sized success. At least that's what the studio and filmmakers are hoping, and the future young (yet-to-be-found) cast would surely like a slice of the attention that vampire franchise's stars have seen.

Director Gary Ross (BIG, PLEASANTVILLE, SEABISBUIT) is hard at work adapting Suzanne Collins' young adult book series, and is seemingly quite aware of appeasing the material's millions of existing fans. In the latest issue of EW, Ross gives some updates on how he's going about that:

On the look of the film:

"A lot of [young fans] talked about 'Don't mess with the colors.' I think they didn't want me to pump it full of contrast or desaturate the movie or make it gratuitously edgy in a visual way. I think kids are hipper to cliches than we are sometimes."

On finding the right actors:

"I've read in the press that there are front-runners, but that's not the case. We'll cast the right person for the part. Lionsgate has been great in that they don't feel that this needs a movie star in Katniss' role."

On the budget:

"I'm not allowed to confirm budget number, but I will say it's enough money to make the movie well and not disappoint a single fan."

On the book's genetically altered creatures, the Muttations:

"Obviously they're one of the larger technical challenges, but they will be animated CG characters."

On the rating and handling the book's violence:

"It's not going to be an R-rated movie because I want the 12- and 13- and 14-year-old fans to be able to go see it. This book means too much to too many teenagers for it not to be PG-13. It's their story and they deserve to be able to access it completely. And I don't think it needs to be more extreme than that."

The first movie is expected some time in 2012. The books are set in a near future where "the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch."

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Extra Tidbit: Ross wrote the great Kevin Kline proxy-president movie DAVE.
Source: EW

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2:02PM on 01/12/2011

hunger games quiz

could you survive the hunger games? take the quiz to find out! i would die :( wahh! lol http://bit.ly/hYOHLJ
could you survive the hunger games? take the quiz to find out! i would die :( wahh! lol http://bit.ly/hYOHLJ
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3:04PM on 01/10/2011
Battle Royale, anyone?
I read Battle Royale before even knowing it was a film and was BLOWN AWAY by the novel. Now the more I hear about this, the more I realize we're just stealing another foreign idea.
(and Battle Royale the movie does NO justice to the book...read it. It's phenomenal)
Battle Royale, anyone?
I read Battle Royale before even knowing it was a film and was BLOWN AWAY by the novel. Now the more I hear about this, the more I realize we're just stealing another foreign idea.
(and Battle Royale the movie does NO justice to the book...read it. It's phenomenal)
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7:25PM on 01/10/2011
while the hunger games themselves are very similar to Battle Royale, the whole scope of these books is much broader than Battle Royale
while the hunger games themselves are very similar to Battle Royale, the whole scope of these books is much broader than Battle Royale
8:11PM on 01/10/2011
I can understand your argument, but at the same time, I read The Hunger Games and it was this series that introduced me to Battle Royale. They're both very different if you ask me though.
I can understand your argument, but at the same time, I read The Hunger Games and it was this series that introduced me to Battle Royale. They're both very different if you ask me though.
1:22AM on 01/10/2011

Not Twilight

These books are only comparable to Twilight in the potential they have to become extremely popular. I've read all of The Hunger Games trilogy and about half of Twilight and can honestly say that THG is in another league. While it won't win any literary awards, the novels are brutal, entertaining and fun. Things that I never found in Twilight. The main heroine isn't a little puss like Bella Swan either, which is refreshing.
These books are only comparable to Twilight in the potential they have to become extremely popular. I've read all of The Hunger Games trilogy and about half of Twilight and can honestly say that THG is in another league. While it won't win any literary awards, the novels are brutal, entertaining and fun. Things that I never found in Twilight. The main heroine isn't a little puss like Bella Swan either, which is refreshing.
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1:51PM on 01/09/2011
I'm actually reading this series now. I've dabbled in a bit of the young adult genre, and I'm glad you compared it to Twilight in only success-potential, not quality. The Hunger Games is violent, well-written, and could make for a great film series. Battle Royale flavors, which doesn't hurt.

Is Gary Ross the right guy for this? I don't know. What he said doesn't have me worried, but who knows.
I'm actually reading this series now. I've dabbled in a bit of the young adult genre, and I'm glad you compared it to Twilight in only success-potential, not quality. The Hunger Games is violent, well-written, and could make for a great film series. Battle Royale flavors, which doesn't hurt.

Is Gary Ross the right guy for this? I don't know. What he said doesn't have me worried, but who knows.
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2:19PM on 01/09/2011
I dig the concept - BATTLE ROYALE meets THE RUNNING MAN meets THE BLOOD OF HEROES. So the writing is decent, though? I tried to read TWILIGHT way back when the buzz was just starting, and couldn't even get through the first book. Just wretched.

The only YA book I read and enjoyed was Scott Westerfeld's LEVIATHAN. Surprised that hasn't been grabbed for a movie yet. I tried Cherie Priest's BONESHAKER, and while the elements had potential (steampunk and zombies) the execution was a mess.
I dig the concept - BATTLE ROYALE meets THE RUNNING MAN meets THE BLOOD OF HEROES. So the writing is decent, though? I tried to read TWILIGHT way back when the buzz was just starting, and couldn't even get through the first book. Just wretched.

The only YA book I read and enjoyed was Scott Westerfeld's LEVIATHAN. Surprised that hasn't been grabbed for a movie yet. I tried Cherie Priest's BONESHAKER, and while the elements had potential (steampunk and zombies) the execution was a mess.
4:16PM on 01/09/2011
So you read the Twilight books, too?
So you read the Twilight books, too?
12:46PM on 01/11/2011
From what he says in the article, he sounds like the perfect guy. He respects the author and the characters and I agree with him on the rating. I think PG-13 makes people believe that it will be watered down, but there are plenty of good films with dark themes that have come out in PG-13 --- Dark Knight, Hellboy, X-Men...
From what he says in the article, he sounds like the perfect guy. He respects the author and the characters and I agree with him on the rating. I think PG-13 makes people believe that it will be watered down, but there are plenty of good films with dark themes that have come out in PG-13 --- Dark Knight, Hellboy, X-Men...
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