The extraordinary, ground breaking New York Times bestseller The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay, will be in theaters on March 21! In The Hunger Games trilogy (yes – there are 3 books!), Suzanne continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age.
“The Hunger Games is a young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. It was originally published on September 14, 2008, by Scholastic. The novel is the first book of The Hunger Games trilogy. It is written in first person and introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. The Capitol, a highly advanced metropolis, holds absolute power over the rest of the nation. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which one boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by lottery to compete in a televised battle in which only one person can survive.”
Read snippets of the interview with the cast of Hunger Games’ Gary Ross, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.
Jennifer Lawrence: “If you looked at the story from the outside, it would be the most forbidding story in the world. But Suzanne was wise enough to write it from the inside so you have all these human yearnings from a well-drawn protagonist. I tried to make the movie the same way. You’re walking in Katniss’ shoes. You don’t give the viewer information that the protagonist doesn’t have …”
On how the “love triangle” is presented in the movie:
Liam Hemsworth: “These are not love stories. They’re not presented in a sexy way. It’s not about relationships for Katniss but survival.”
On seeing the Capitol’s perspective during the Games:
Josh Hutcherson: “You cut back and forth between the Games, where you see this battle unfold, and the Capitol, where people are sipping cocktails and watching it on TV.”
On what the Capitol looks like:
Gary Ross: “So we went for architecture that was massive, concrete, monumental. We took our inspiration from mid-20th century Brutalism – and as I was looking at this I realized that power is express through open spaces, so that was the first reference point. We looked at great seats of power, like Red Square, and went from there.”
We absolutely cannot wait to watch it next month! Please keep posted for movie schedules.