‘The Hunger Games’ Gets March 2012 Release Date

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The Hunger Games The Hunger Games Gets March 2012 Release Date

The first film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular sci-fi series The Hunger Games will hit theaters on March 23, 2012, according to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, which is adapted from Collins first novel, will be directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) and is currently in pre-production.

For those unfamiliar with The Hunger Games, the post-apocalyptic young adult sci-fi series revolves around a Running Man-like competition in which two teens are picked from each of the 12 districts in Panem (formerly the United States) to fight to the death on live television. Interestingly, despite it’s violent premise, Ross plans on making the film PG-13 in order to attract the book’s core demographic.

When I first learned about The Hunger Games, I was reminded of two movies: Battle Royale from director Kinji Fukasaku, and Series Seven, a faux-reality indie drama about a kill-or-be-killed TV show. Ironically, what I didn’t think of was Twilight, which is one of the franchises with which Hunger Games is most frequently linked (even though Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson has said the two series are “as different as night and day”).

Many commenters have written at length about the pros and cons of Twilight versus The Hunger Games, so I won’t get into that here, but it is worth nothing how teen-centered sci-fi/fantasy/horror is leading the way in Hollywood. It almost makes me want to dust off the old typewriter and start typing away my own “dark” story about angst-ridden teens.

Hailee Steinfeld to star in The Hunger Games The Hunger Games Gets March 2012 Release Date

The Hunger Games is still currently casting its lead actors and one of the names that has come up for the critical role of Katniss Everdeen is Academy Award-nominee Hailey Steinfield. Thanks to her Oscar-nominated turn in True Grit, Steinfield is a hot commodity in Hollywood, and it would be a coup for Ross to get her for this film. Here at Screen Rant, we’ve also suggested Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass), but she may not be the right age for the role.

Are you happy to see The Hunger Games hitting theaters in 2012?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I want to read these books. From what Ive gathered they should be good :)

    • The first book is great, the second is good, and the third leaves a lot to be desired.

      • I felt the same way. They got less exciting with each new book but the ending was satisfying.

        • I feel like Suzanne Collins had a deadline and slapped together an ending.

          • I’m just about to start the third book, and I keep hearing that over and over (final book being weakest). I think the first book was more emotionally gripping – in the second much of the surprise/horror of the games is behind us and it’s more about coming to terms with it and figuring out how to put an end to it.

            Curious to see what happens in the final book.

            Vic

            • Vic, I won’t ruin it for you – but there is only one way this could end in a satisfactory fashion. I think that the last book is exactly what it should be. It makes you think beneath the top layer of the story. I would be very interested to hear what you think of it.

              • Thanks, I’m going to start on the third book in a few minutes. :)

                Vic

    • These books are fantastic. It sucked me in right from the first page. Collins creates a realistic world in which the central government is truly evil. I thought all three books were great. I can understand why people didn’t like the third book as well as the other two, but it’s what *had* to happen, any other alternative and Katniss would not be the heroine she truly is.

      I am very excited to see these books come to the big screen, and I hope Hollywood does them justice.

    • I loved these books. I read all three of them in a week. The first one of course,as is usually the case, was the best of the trio(in my opinion). I didn’t know that they were planning on making movies based on them. To say that I am thrilled at the idea is an understatement.

  2. Yes, very excited…and I’m not even a teen…very post-teen actually! I don’t read fiction very often, but someone recommended this book. I began reading it and couldn’t stop. I finished all three books within about 4 weeks! I can’t wait for the movie, but really hope they don’t take away too much from the story in trying to make it less ‘violent.’ That’s ridiculous given much of the violence in movies today.

  3. Better get a part for Chloe Moretz as well. In a story full of battling teens, I’m sure there’s room aplenty!

    • She would be better as Rue, not Katniss.

  4. They should really consider Jodelle Ferland for the role of Katniss. I’ve read the books and I think she’d be perfect for the role.

    • Jodelle Ferland as Katniss? Ummm….have you seen True Grit? Haley Steinfield would be *perfect* as the non-nonsense Katniss!!!

  5. At first I was kind of turned off by the violent nature of Book 1. Pretty disturbing. But I stuck with it and now I can’t wait to read Books 2 & 3!

    They could use Chloe for either Katniss’s sister or her little friend who she allied with in the Hunger Games.

  6. This movie has to be rate R to be any good. They are going to ruin this film.

    • Why does it have to be R? There’s no swearing or sex. Yes it is violent, but have you seen what they can get away with in PG-13? They’d just have to watch the blood and guts exposure, which I’m totally ok with since I think it’d detract from Rue’s death scene if blood spurted 10 feet from her chest.
      It would be stupid of them to make this R as it would alienate a good part of their audience and lose them a lot of money.

      • The director already said that it’s going to be PG-13.

  7. I definetly see katniss as the true grit girl. She just has the katniss look. Pick her:)

  8. Ewwwwwww. Why is everyone saying that True Grit girl should be Katniss? ewwwww no. The role of Katniss definitely belongs to Kaya Scodelario. She’d the perfect age, has the perfect looks, and has acted in difficult scenes before in Skins.

  9. While I like Hailee Steinfeld, I think she’s too young. Even if she’s going to be 15 when filming starts, the actor playing Peeta will likely be someone around 18 or 20. (Liam Hemsworth got a look at the script and he’s 21.) I don’t think it would be very smart to cast her because there will be people who don’t think it’s right for someone who is 15 to be making out with someone who’s 21.

  10. I really think that Alan Rickman would be the perfect President Snow. I have always seen it my mind when reading these books.

  11. Alyson Stoner should definitely play Katniss! Look at this picture: http://twitpic.com/3zuyrd

    And I always thought of Tim Pigott-Smith as President Snow.

  12. I’m about a quarter way done with Mockingjay, I’m at the part where Peeta still isn’t back and Katniss and Gale and her camera team finished filming in District 12. Katniss should be played by Hailey Steinfield… Definetley

  13. She would be better as Katniss’s friend. And kaya should have played katniss!It’s so NOT fair that Lawrence gets to play her!She should have played a stylist or something!

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