Movie Next March by Lionsgate
I have just finished reading the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy (Mockingjay), and it was a brilliant follow up to the first book (The Hunger Games). Ology.com has reported that the dark Distopian novel about a distant future of North America (now called Panem) will be made into a movie that will be released March 23, 2012.
Gary Ross, who directed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, will helm The Hunger Games; the project is expected to begin shooting in late spring or summer…In fact, Lionsgate has hired The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn casting director Debra Zane to choose the perfect actors to portray Katniss, Peeta, and the members of the other districts.
On the official Facebook Page, fans have noted that Suzanne Collins will be writing the script herself.
The dark nature of the books, has fans wondering if it will be able to be made into an appropriate screen adaptation. The Hunger Games themselves, are gladiator style death matches between children and teens from districts subservient to a Capital City. If pulled off, the movie will be intensely psychological and full of intense action.
It is my hope that these movies will not follow lead from any other films, such as Twilight or the Percy Jackson and the Olympians films. At least in my own mind, these movies are gritty, confusing, and action oriented. The feeling of suspense should be prevalent, and thin threads of hope in the face of complete despair (similar to the darkness of The Lord of the Rings and certain parts of the Dune series) should be the mood. I’m crossing my fingers (as I would also with the Enders Game series) as another human being takes what has been put into our minds and presents visuals.