‘Hunger Games’ Movie To Be PG-13

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 7:09 am,

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A sci-fi allegorical tale about a dystopian future in which adolescents battle one another to the death so as to prove the power and influence of a totalitarian government doesn’t exactly scream teen-friendly material on paper. Yet, The Hunger Games trilogy not only fits that description, but has also tapped into the under-18 constituent of readers with great success.

Pleasantville‘s Gary Ross is directing The Hunger Games adaptation and plans to deliver a movie that avoids being branded with an R-Rating from the MPAA and yet still retains the brutal power and atmosphere of author Suzanne Collins’ source material.

Being labeled “the next Twilight” is kind of a mixed blessing, but Ross feels that The Hunger Games‘ teenage supporters deserve a chance to see 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen’s struggle to survive a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic world on the big screen – without restrictions. As the filmmaker said to EW, “It’s their [the 12- and 13- and 14-year old fans] story and they deserve to be able to access it completely. And I don’t think it needs to be more extreme than [PG-13].”

That won’t be an easy task; Hunger Games contains some rather graphic scenes of carnage and reflects the gruesome nature of its influences, which includes that of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, as well as Collins’ personal experience (she was a child when her father was sent overseas to fight in the Vietnam war). Producer Nina Jacobson’s claim that Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels and Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy are “as different as night and day, with very little in common other than the youthfulness of their protagonists” is indeed quite accurate – even though the Twilight finale, Breaking Dawn has its own adult-content related issues.

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Bella and Edward take the next step in their relationship in 'Breaking Dawn'.

Minimalism is not often the strategy employed by most Hollywood horror productions nowadays, but there’s an undeniable power to implied violence. Films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom disturbed many a moviegoer back in 1960 and still pack a punch today, yet both contain little to no bloodshed or gratuitous onscreen violence. A number of contemporary foreign auteurs and indie filmmakers employ the same tactics used in those older films to heighten the impact of their own work – perhaps none more notably than Michael Haneke, creator of the acclaimed Hitchcockian thriller Caché and the self-reflexive thriller Funny Games.

Hunger Games features plenty of disturbing material and easily lends itself to an adults-only movie adaptation, but making the film version a gory R-Rated affair would miss the point of Collins’ source material. Part of the novel’s ability to unnerve is due to the fact that readers are forced to envision the horrible events and violence themselves – instead of watching scenes where performers are splattered with fake blood or lose limbs via the magic of prosthetics. If Ross leaves the violence more to the viewers’ imagination, it could better communicate one of the story’s primary themes (i.e. that real-life carnage is disturbing and not a form of entertainment).

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Pre-production work on the cinematic version of The Hunger Games is ongoing and the project is not expected to reach theaters until 2012. In the meantime, share your feelings about a PG-13 adaptation in the comments section below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

“Katniss and Peeta” Image via Hunger Games Fans

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  1. I have a son who is 12 and just read the first book. He wants to see the movie with his friends (most of them are 12). We talked to him about it and explained to him why we won’t let him watch it. There is good reasons why people come up with ratings and reading and seeing violence on screen is a BIG difference. I wish more parents would take the time and care more about what our society is trying to make money with!!! We are moving into the wrong direction as a more and more violence desensitized society. That is the real scary part!

  2. I want the movie to come out right now!

  3. But I have to disagree because it sounds like ur saying that my parents r being irresponsible just cause there letting me go, but I talked to them, I mean I actually sat down with them and talked about me seeing the movie and I said that I understand that I might not get to go but I would like to, and my mom said I could just wait till it comes on DVD. But that’s just what I have to say, any way I’m a kid and I don’t understand things like a grown up

  4. Darn it! I am 12 and aren’t allowed to see pg-13 movies yet! Guess I’ll have to wait. Oh well patience is a virtue after all 

  5. i want to watch it soooo badly!!!

  6. Glad it’s not PG. I honestly wouldn’t see it if it was PG. It’s PG-13 b/c of the violence factor, and in today’s world, most movies are PG-13. It’s rare to see a movie get a low rating such as PG, or G, and that’s fine by me. Reading the book itself I found that, yes, the violence was pure out there, and I easily expected the movie to be rated as such. Be lucky it’s even becoming a movie.

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    oh…. i get the book

  8. I loved the books and read them along with my children and grandchildren. My mother is also reading them. Four generations of Hunger Games fans. There is something in these books to apeal to many age groups. True, there is violence, and angst, and bloodshead, and death. I think it is important that the movie is PG13 so that the younger teans who love the books can see the movie. It would be a real shame if they could not.

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  10. Im 12 and my parents decided to let me go to the movie. I have to say there wasn’t many bad parts in the movie. Just some bad words, violence, and a kiss is you consider that bad. I think that the books get more intense later on so I think PG-13 would be a good rating for 2 & 3 but I really think that the 1st could be marked down to PG if you look at the PG movies that are out today.
    If you don’t agree with me, I’m okay with that. Thanks for reading