I know a lot of people that were very excited to see the trailer for The Hunger Games that debuted today. The teaser was a let down, and really did not show much except for Jennifer Lawrence running through the woods. I guess it was better than nothing. I watched the full trailer today with a friend who read the books. She said that the trailer makes the film look true to books. I have yet to read the books so I can’t comment on what is actually happening in the trailer. It does look damn good. I will be reading the books before this film comes out. This film is based on the first book in the trilogy. In other news, Lionsgate said that this film was the most expensive film the company has ever produced. Furthermore, the film would have to make $100 million at the box office to justify the production of the next book’s film adaptation. Considering the fandom behind these books, I think it will happen. People also want this to be the next Twilight phenomenon, but this is not a series based on a love story, although there is a love story in it. My friend said the books are rather violent, so this may appeal to a wider audience than Twilight.
The Hunger Games also boasts an impressive cast. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley, Toby Jones, Amandla Stenberg, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jacqueline Emerson, Paula Malcomson, Dayo Okeniyi, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, and Lenny Kravitz. Yes, that is Elizabeth Banks in the weird hair and make up.
“Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.”
The Hunger Games is in theatres March 23, 2012.