New ‘Hunger Games’ Photos; Elizabeth Banks Offers Filming Update [Updated]

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[UPDATE: Lionsgate has settled on a release date for the second Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. Read on...]

Lionsgate has successfully kept its currently-filming adaptation of The Hunger Games making headlines by releasing a snazzy motion poster and some official images from the anticipated film.

A couple more images have hit the Web, along with an update from costar Elizabeth Banks on where writer/director Gary Ross and second unit director Steven Soderbergh are, with respect to production on the project.

Shooting on the Hunger Games adaptation has been ongoing since this past May, with North Carolina being used to portray the film’s setting of Panem, a futuristic version of North America which has been heavily afflicted by years of war, drought, and widespread famine. Panem is separated into twelve separate “districts”, each of which must annually submit “tributes” in the form of a teenage girl and boy, to compete in the government-sponsored Hunger Games.

The latest images released from the film revealĀ Hunger Games protagonists Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) – looking bruised and battered from the title contest, which pits the “tributes” against one another in a death match meant to symbolize the power of the ruling Capitol, led by the cruel President Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Check out those new Hunger Games photos – along with some hi-res versions of previously-released images, minus the Entertainment Weekly watermark – below:

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Despite the gruesome nature of the subject matter, Hunger Games is aiming for a box office friendly PG-13 Rating. Even so, there’s been some question as to whether the film adaptation can actually come close to matching the popularity of fellow young adult literature-turned-movie franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight. After all, fantasy tales about teenagers training to become wizards and battling evil forces – or falling in love with handsome supernatural creatures – are more friendly on the surface than a story about a 1984-style dystopian world where young people are forced to murder one another, as a means of “entertaining” the masses.

UPDATE: Lionsgate is (obviously) hoping for a success here, seeing as that the studio already has plans to adapt all three Hunger Games books into a four-movie series. The second installment, Catching Fire, is now officially slated for release on November 22, 2013 – emulating the release pattern for certain entries in both the Harry Potter and Twilight franchise, as it were.

Elizabeth Banks, who’s playing the chipper District 12 escort Effie Trinket in Hunger Games, is already talking up the project (not a surprise, of course) and indicated to Coming Soon that it may not be too long before we get to see some footage from the film:

“We’re almost done [filming 'The Hunger Games']. We’ve got a little under a month left. It’s very exciting. We’re really making a provocative movie that’s also highly entertaining. It’s gonna be fun. It’s really great to make something that you know people are excited about and also that you know is gonna deliver. I really think the fans are gonna love it.”

The Hunger Games movie cast District 9 tributes New Hunger Games Photos; Elizabeth Banks Offers Filming Update [Updated]

With so many accomplished names starring in the film and working behind-the-scenes, it’s hard to imagine that Hunger Games won’t turn to be a decent adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ source material. Plus, there are definitely some cool visuals from the original novel that stand to look all the better when realized on the big screen (like Katniss’ “Girl on Fire” outfit or the dangerous “natural landscape” of the Hunger Games battle arena).

The Hunger Games arrives in U.S. theaters on March 23rd, 2012.

Source: Lionsgate (via Coming Soon and Filmonic)

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  1. This won’t be nearly as big as “Harry Potter” or “Twilight.” Know why? That March release date! It shows that the studio doesn’t have full faith in the project to play well against the big boys in the summer and the winter.

    • True… It will be big, but you’re right, it needs to pull it’s weight and get out in the summer sun!!!

    • Fox didn’t have faith in star wars and look how that turn out.

    • It’s a new movie starting out and not everyone will have read the books. Twilight was a terrible movie. It’s not the studio lacking faith it’s playing it smart. Remember Transformers was originally set to premier in July but because of Harry Potter it was released in June. Why? So that opening weekend it would make MORE MONEY. Harry Potter is over now and Twilight releases in November. The Hunger Games has a huge fan base already so you never know. Plus this cast looks a lot more promising that Kristen Stewart looking constipated all the time. But it’s coming in perfect time because Twilight Saga will be over as soon as the fourth movie is released. THANK GOD

    • The only reason that they released it in spring is because the fans couldn’t wait for it to come out. If they waited until summer to release it, the suspense would have been way too great. Everyone is extremely excited that the producers are going to release it as soon as they can. Release dates mean nothing about the nature or publicity of the movie!

  2. Now news comes that the sequel is getting a November 2013 release. Twilight has November release dates…

    • Thanks for mentioning that, Kyle. :-)

      I added that info to the article.

    • Yeah, but the Twilight movies will end next November, so there won’t be a conflict.

  3. Well one option is moving it to April 27 or as late as August 15. The extra time could be used in the editing room, post eye candy additions, their are a couple good opportunities for that, and getting the score just right…

  4. Which do you LOVE or HATE more? Hunger Games, Twilight, Teen Wolf or Harry Potter?? Personally, I would vote to hate them all. Cast your vote at http://eLoveHate.com!

  5. I’ve heard from a person who likes the book, but nothing I’ve seen so far from this movie looks impressive. Marketing needs to step up its game.

  6. I think this movie will be good, if the actors can pull it off, which I hope they can.
    :P

  7. I think that the film will be as big as “Twilight” and “Harry Potter”, it has the same large fan base. I love the fact that there finally coming out with more bad ass ladies staring in action films. We have next year “Underworld:Awakening”, “The Hunger Games”, and “Resident Evil:Retribution3D”, which all of the star a bad ass ladies! Can’t wait for Hunger Games. I know for a fact Katniss isn’t as bad ass as Alice (Resident Evil Film Franchise) or Selene (Underworld film franchise) but she is bad ass enough to get my attention! Boys suck ass in action movies! Girl Power for sure!(:

  8. I am so mad about the casting… The casting directors have americanized my favorite series – as in, Katniss, Gale and Peeta look like well-fed farm kids!!! NO. The book explicitly says olive skin, dark hair, and lanky frames…. From seeing the recently-released trailer, they’ve also taken what was a very deep, moving book, and turned it into an action flick… Man, if only it had been open casting, they could’ve gotten some brilliant unknowns to make the movie powerful and fresh, instead of famous faces to make it popular.