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The Hunger Games: the latest young adult book series everyone wants to direct

Sep. 8, 2010by: Dave Davis

If you've never heard of Suzanne Collins' young adult book series THE HUNGER GAMES, you probably will soon. Seems that Lionsgate thinks they've got the next TWILIGHT SAGA on their hands, and is in search of an appropriate director to make it live.

The studio is currently eyeballing Andrew Adamson (NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE), Susanna White (NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS, "Generation Kill") and commercial director Rupert Sanders for the grim teen-friendly action-drama.

Lionsgate was previously looking at slightly bigger names like Sam Mendes, Gary Ross and TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE guy David Slade.

The demographic-crossing bestsellers are set in a not-too-distant 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."

So a slice of THE RUNNING MAN with scoop of THE BLOOD OF HEROES and a dash of BATTLE ROYALE, undoubtedly populated by dreamy teens?

By the way, Sanders may be best known (among gamers anyway) as the director of the HALO: ODST advertisement:

Extra Tidbit: Hey, at least it's not more vampires.
Source: Deadline

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10:20PM on 09/09/2010
Sounds like a Battle Royale, America Edition. I've seen the books in the store, and they intrigued me (as did the board game they now have), but I wonder. Sounds like it should be rather violent, BR style, but I can't see Hollywood doing that. If not, this is gonna blow.
Sounds like a Battle Royale, America Edition. I've seen the books in the store, and they intrigued me (as did the board game they now have), but I wonder. Sounds like it should be rather violent, BR style, but I can't see Hollywood doing that. If not, this is gonna blow.
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5:30AM on 09/09/2010

Great Books

These books will be terrible movies if they cater to teenage girls. I'm a 26 year old man and I enjoyed the hell out of these books. They're violent and graphic. I expect none of that will be carried over to the movie and they'll over emphasize the love story. Bad idea.
These books will be terrible movies if they cater to teenage girls. I'm a 26 year old man and I enjoyed the hell out of these books. They're violent and graphic. I expect none of that will be carried over to the movie and they'll over emphasize the love story. Bad idea.
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5:02AM on 09/09/2010
I'll take a faithful adaptation of 'The Running Man' over this ploppy-sounding "grim teen-friendly action-drama", thankyouplease.
I'll take a faithful adaptation of 'The Running Man' over this ploppy-sounding "grim teen-friendly action-drama", thankyouplease.
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1:40AM on 09/09/2010
That plot description sounds incredibly stupid. I'd have to read more details to really judge but God damn that's a terrible, terrible plot.

How is that a dash of Battle Royal. It basically is Battle Royal but (at least seemingly) idiotic.
That plot description sounds incredibly stupid. I'd have to read more details to really judge but God damn that's a terrible, terrible plot.

How is that a dash of Battle Royal. It basically is Battle Royal but (at least seemingly) idiotic.
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1:35AM on 09/09/2010
It's a really good series, just not sure how well it will translate to a movie. The book is in first person from the main characters point of view with her being alone a lot so theres not a lot of dialogue.

But i really liked the story and it would be cool to see it made.
It's a really good series, just not sure how well it will translate to a movie. The book is in first person from the main characters point of view with her being alone a lot so theres not a lot of dialogue.

But i really liked the story and it would be cool to see it made.
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12:24AM on 09/09/2010
Sounds cool. Reminds me alot of Gamer.
Sounds cool. Reminds me alot of Gamer.
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11:56PM on 09/08/2010

Sound familiar

Haven't read this series but based on the outline it sounds a lot like Stephen King's The Long Walk
Haven't read this series but based on the outline it sounds a lot like Stephen King's The Long Walk
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