Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games Photo: Lionsgate
After writing the novel, co-writing the script and being involved in the casting process Suzanne Collins has boldly come out and endorsed The Hunger Games on the film’s official Facebook page. I mean, if you can’t take the word of someone so closely tied to the film who can you trust? Here’s what she had to say:
I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another. The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story.
Director Gary Ross has created an adaptation that is faithful in both narrative and theme, but heâ€™s also brought a rich and powerful vision of Panem, its brutality and excesses, to the film as well. His world building’s fantastic, whether it be the Seam or the Capitol. It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.
And, my God, the actors. The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how theyâ€™ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
So I’d like to sincerely thank all the many people who devoted their time and talents to the film, especially producers Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, and the excellent teams at Color Force, Larger Than Life, and Lionsgate.
I hope you enjoy the film! Suzanne Collins
To my knowledge no film critics have seen the film yet, which is no surprise considering it doesn’t hit theaters until March 23, but I do know we are slated to see it on the 21st here in Seattle, make of that what you will.
Meanwhile, Deadline reports it could be looking at a potential $70 million opening weekend with one rival exec telling her, “It’s every bit as strong as Twilight and, numerically, stronger.” While I’ll say kudos to the film for matching Twilight fan interest, let’s hope it exceeds Twilight quality.
With that said, here’s a new TV spot for the film that just debuted. You tell me, are you going to be seeing this on opening weekend? Does anyone find it curious there has hardly been a single piece of action-based imagery in these trailers. In short, where are the Hunger Games?