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03.18.2009

With the success of the TWILIGHT franchise, studios are scrambling to find that next young-adult literary series that might result in a tentpole franchise. Lionsgate is putting its money on Suzanne Collins' futuristic novel "The Hunger Games", the first in a trilogy set in a society in which "districts" pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl who are forced to fight to the death on live TV. Young-adult? Sounds more like masochistic pervert.

Collins will adapt her own novel, which has spent 25 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Lionsgate is already the proprietor of the TWILIGHT series, so I'm sure it couldn't have hurt that TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer has praised "The Hunger Games". The second installment, "Catching Fire," is due out in September. This film kind of sounds like BATTLE ROYALE, the vicious Japanese film in which the government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other on an island for sport. Unfortunately, the words "young" and "adult" that are consistently being tied to "The Hunger Games", lead me to believe that we are in store for something a lot tamer. Boo.
Extra Tidbit: I puked while Watching BATTLE ROYALE many moons ago.
Source: Variety

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8:42PM on 03/18/2009
Battle Royal is tops.

I hope Zack Efron is in this flick and he gets his face chopped off, realizes he just got his face chopped off, then gets his head chopped off, and while his severed head is dying on the ground, the few seconds of life he has left in his head he's looking back at himself in the eyes of the face that got chopped seconds before.
Battle Royal is tops.

I hope Zack Efron is in this flick and he gets his face chopped off, realizes he just got his face chopped off, then gets his head chopped off, and while his severed head is dying on the ground, the few seconds of life he has left in his head he's looking back at himself in the eyes of the face that got chopped seconds before.
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3:40PM on 03/18/2009
true that daniel barna. true that. well not so much for the puking but props for the drunk/stoned combo
true that daniel barna. true that. well not so much for the puking but props for the drunk/stoned combo
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12:10PM on 03/18/2009

Who does this appeal to?

I can understand why TWILIGHT was a success. Teenege love story...with vampires. But I do not get this at all. Not exactly the franchise I would scramble towards. Sounds like a mix between BATTLE ROYALE and THE RUNNING MAN...but for TWEENS! I hope McDonalds has dibs on happy meal toys.
I can understand why TWILIGHT was a success. Teenege love story...with vampires. But I do not get this at all. Not exactly the franchise I would scramble towards. Sounds like a mix between BATTLE ROYALE and THE RUNNING MAN...but for TWEENS! I hope McDonalds has dibs on happy meal toys.
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9:59AM on 03/18/2009

Why I puked

I was drunk and stoned.
I was drunk and stoned.
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9:55AM on 03/18/2009
Only reason they keep adapting new series are cuz thats what people are reading. You wanna capitalize on it before it goes out of style.

I'm only mildly curious, as in I wouldn't mind watching the trailer, just to get a feel for how a premise like that can be downplayed to the "young adult" audience.
Only reason they keep adapting new series are cuz thats what people are reading. You wanna capitalize on it before it goes out of style.

I'm only mildly curious, as in I wouldn't mind watching the trailer, just to get a feel for how a premise like that can be downplayed to the "young adult" audience.
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9:23AM on 03/18/2009

animorphs

forget the old nickelodeon tv series and make animorphs into a movie franchise!!!

I'm only half joking
forget the old nickelodeon tv series and make animorphs into a movie franchise!!!

I'm only half joking
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7:41AM on 03/18/2009

puked?

battle royale is hilarious. you must have been all kinds of stoned.
battle royale is hilarious. you must have been all kinds of stoned.
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3:25AM on 03/18/2009
There are decades of good young adult novels to choose from so why do the studios keep optioning these new crappy ones? I mean a lot of the adaptations that actually make money are older novels.
There are decades of good young adult novels to choose from so why do the studios keep optioning these new crappy ones? I mean a lot of the adaptations that actually make money are older novels.
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2:58AM on 03/18/2009
" I puked while Watching BATTLE ROYALE many moons ago."

How and why?
I giggle like a little schoolgirl when i watched Battle Royale, still do.
" I puked while Watching BATTLE ROYALE many moons ago."

How and why?
I giggle like a little schoolgirl when i watched Battle Royale, still do.
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2:44AM on 03/18/2009

"Proprietor"?

The "Twilight" film series belongs to Summit, not Lionsgate.
The "Twilight" film series belongs to Summit, not Lionsgate.
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