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The Hunger Games will be our next film quadrilogy

06.01.2011

The movie that never stops casting, THE HUNGER GAMES, finally has a bit of news that doesn't have to do with an actor whose joined the film (though Donald Sutherland just did sign on as President Snow). Rather, the news is that the trilogy of books will actually be split in FOUR different films, though it's unclear whether the second or third installment will be chopped in half.

This is news to me because I didn't even know that THE HUNGER GAMES was going to be more than one film, and I've been writing about it this whole time like it was a single movie. I guess that reveals my unfamiliarity with the books, but now I understand why everyone is making such a fuss about who is landing these roles, many of which will be spanning four movies, not one.

With sagas like HARRY POTTER and TWILIGHT wrapping up, studios need to find new franchise properties that they can release in perpetuity. I've heard the books are good, but they hardly have the massive worldwide fanbases of Harry and Edward, and so I'm curious to see how these will do at the box office.

Are they that sure of this series' performance that they're willing to commit to four movies already? Even in a sequel happy Hollywood, it seems a touch pre-emptive for a relatively unknown property. Yes, the book series has its fans who will probably yell at me for saying that, but when they were talking about some grand film and TV series for THE DARK TOWER, as I fan I voiced the opinion that this would probably never happen due to lack of mainstream appeal, and I stand by that.

Is THE HUNGER GAMES different? Is the source material that good where a pre-emptive four picture deal is warranted?

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Extra Tidbit: Are these going to be PG-13? What's the content of the books like? The premise seems rather violent.
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8:12PM on 06/02/2011

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it's not as emo as Twilight i'll probably see them. make the Chrysalids already.
it's not as emo as Twilight i'll probably see them. make the Chrysalids already.
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6:39AM on 06/02/2011
If the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy could fit into three movies, any other book trilogy should.
If the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy could fit into three movies, any other book trilogy should.
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8:46AM on 06/02/2011
You could actually sit through three hours of LOTR but I doubt after the first hunger games the other two books are not good enough to keep peeps entertained for 3hrs at a time,plus LOTR is on a level that these books couldn't ever come close to
You could actually sit through three hours of LOTR but I doubt after the first hunger games the other two books are not good enough to keep peeps entertained for 3hrs at a time,plus LOTR is on a level that these books couldn't ever come close to
9:55PM on 06/01/2011
I have so much on my reading list, I'm skipping the books and just seeing the films w/ my wife, who LOVES them. I'm very intrigued by most of the casting. It ticks me off to think that they could have started splitting the Potter films into halves all the way back to Goblet of Fire. Would have been awesome for the fans and even more lucrative . . .
I have so much on my reading list, I'm skipping the books and just seeing the films w/ my wife, who LOVES them. I'm very intrigued by most of the casting. It ticks me off to think that they could have started splitting the Potter films into halves all the way back to Goblet of Fire. Would have been awesome for the fans and even more lucrative . . .
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5:15AM on 06/02/2011
It would have also meant a different cast, or Daniel Radcliffe finishing the movies in his mid-30s.
It would have also meant a different cast, or Daniel Radcliffe finishing the movies in his mid-30s.
8:51PM on 06/01/2011
I honestly do not see how they are going to get away with a PG-13 Rating for this franchise. It might come from the Teen Novel section, but make no mistake, there's some major violence that borders on a genocidal scale. I'm glad they are splitting these up. I assume they will divide the last installment as it is clearly the most epic in scale.
I honestly do not see how they are going to get away with a PG-13 Rating for this franchise. It might come from the Teen Novel section, but make no mistake, there's some major violence that borders on a genocidal scale. I'm glad they are splitting these up. I assume they will divide the last installment as it is clearly the most epic in scale.
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8:33PM on 06/01/2011

Duh

Of course they will be PG-13. No question. The series was written with young adults in mind (which is why you could read all three of them in a weekend), so you wouldn't want to cut out your target demographic.
Of course they will be PG-13. No question. The series was written with young adults in mind (which is why you could read all three of them in a weekend), so you wouldn't want to cut out your target demographic.
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8:31PM on 06/01/2011

Whatever

I enjoyed the books but not so much that I have been hunched over my computer with ten days of stubble, breathlessly waiting to see who they cast. The third book was the most complex, so I would guess they're splitting it in two. If so, book three is also the weakest so it'll be interesting to see if the films follow suit.
I enjoyed the books but not so much that I have been hunched over my computer with ten days of stubble, breathlessly waiting to see who they cast. The third book was the most complex, so I would guess they're splitting it in two. If so, book three is also the weakest so it'll be interesting to see if the films follow suit.
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5:55PM on 06/01/2011

I hope it doesn't do well...

I really enjoyed the first two books but the 3rd was the most garbage wrap up to a story i've ever read.
I really enjoyed the first two books but the 3rd was the most garbage wrap up to a story i've ever read.
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3:40PM on 06/01/2011
The movies will most likely be PG-13. The books are mostly teen-oriented, if only because there is no Adult Language and the violence is left mostly up to the reader's imagination, unlike Battle Royale where all of the deaths are presented in detail. I think four movies is great considering the depths to which the plot expands beyond The Games alone. Good to see some people taking other books seriously unlike, say, the Dark Tower Series. Just sayin'.
The movies will most likely be PG-13. The books are mostly teen-oriented, if only because there is no Adult Language and the violence is left mostly up to the reader's imagination, unlike Battle Royale where all of the deaths are presented in detail. I think four movies is great considering the depths to which the plot expands beyond The Games alone. Good to see some people taking other books seriously unlike, say, the Dark Tower Series. Just sayin'.
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3:15PM on 06/01/2011
Ive never heard of these books till this very second.. did a quick wiki search and the premise sounds interesting. Jennifer Lawrence is a pretty decent actress ...Winters Bone comes to mind. I might check out these books after Im done re-reading Martins Fire and Ice books again.
Ive never heard of these books till this very second.. did a quick wiki search and the premise sounds interesting. Jennifer Lawrence is a pretty decent actress ...Winters Bone comes to mind. I might check out these books after Im done re-reading Martins Fire and Ice books again.
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1:55PM on 06/01/2011

Heh

I think it will do well and make a profit.

Even if it doesn't, it doesn't mean they can't scrap the sequels, right? But movies have done poorly in the past and gotten sequels.
I think it will do well and make a profit.

Even if it doesn't, it doesn't mean they can't scrap the sequels, right? But movies have done poorly in the past and gotten sequels.
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1:35PM on 06/01/2011

C'mon man, read the book!

If you're gonna be writing about this for a time to come, you should probably be familiar with the material don't ya think Tassi? It's a magnificently violent dystopian epic. It trumps the shit out of Twilight and the like, and yes, it's going to make a TON of money, because it will appeal to men and women alike.
If you're gonna be writing about this for a time to come, you should probably be familiar with the material don't ya think Tassi? It's a magnificently violent dystopian epic. It trumps the shit out of Twilight and the like, and yes, it's going to make a TON of money, because it will appeal to men and women alike.
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4:16PM on 06/01/2011
Not for nothing, but if he's just reporting, and not reviewing the film - who cares? Does he have to know the ins and outs of a book or series to report of casting? If they make The Brothers' Karamazov, does he have to read all 800 pages to report who got cast, and to post production photos?
Not for nothing, but if he's just reporting, and not reviewing the film - who cares? Does he have to know the ins and outs of a book or series to report of casting? If they make The Brothers' Karamazov, does he have to read all 800 pages to report who got cast, and to post production photos?
9:51PM on 06/01/2011
You're going to have to give me more than that. My 2 year old's book, "Pooh's Touch & Feel Visit" trumps the shit out of Twilight.
You're going to have to give me more than that. My 2 year old's book, "Pooh's Touch & Feel Visit" trumps the shit out of Twilight.
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1:20PM on 06/01/2011
Jennifer Lawrence is looking hot as a brunette
Jennifer Lawrence is looking hot as a brunette
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1:14PM on 06/01/2011
Conz read the books. They are amazing and very easy to read. Obviously the first is the best but the sequels are engrossing as well. I simply cannot wait for this movie and hope that they do a good job with it. And Donald Sutherland fuck yes, but I always saw Rutger Hauer as President Snow
Conz read the books. They are amazing and very easy to read. Obviously the first is the best but the sequels are engrossing as well. I simply cannot wait for this movie and hope that they do a good job with it. And Donald Sutherland fuck yes, but I always saw Rutger Hauer as President Snow
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4:09PM on 06/01/2011
Sutherland is awesome, but I always envisioned Snow as Robert Blake from Lost Highway, but blonde. Creeps McGee!
Sutherland is awesome, but I always envisioned Snow as Robert Blake from Lost Highway, but blonde. Creeps McGee!
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1:06PM on 06/01/2011

what differentiates this from...

everyother movie with the "fight to the death" type premise? this sounds like a ton of movies. I'm curious, someone gimmie a brief reason this is different.
everyother movie with the "fight to the death" type premise? this sounds like a ton of movies. I'm curious, someone gimmie a brief reason this is different.
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1:29PM on 06/01/2011
The fights to the death aren't played for entertainment value. Its more a "war is hell" kind of vibe, for the protagonists.

Beyond that, there is a political/dystopian plot that's skads more important than the arena fighting, plus dystopian elements and civil war.
The fights to the death aren't played for entertainment value. Its more a "war is hell" kind of vibe, for the protagonists.

Beyond that, there is a political/dystopian plot that's skads more important than the arena fighting, plus dystopian elements and civil war.
2:26PM on 06/01/2011
the books are aimed at teens though right? or am I way off here? I know it isnt Twilight, but this is the hot new teen book series, correct?
the books are aimed at teens though right? or am I way off here? I know it isnt Twilight, but this is the hot new teen book series, correct?
2:55PM on 06/01/2011
They are teen books but they deal with a lot of very adult issues, plus the book gets quite graphic with the violence. On top of this most of the people I know who have read the book are over twenty.
They are teen books but they deal with a lot of very adult issues, plus the book gets quite graphic with the violence. On top of this most of the people I know who have read the book are over twenty.
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