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What We Know:
Lionsgate have acquired Worldwide Distribution Rights for a Hunger Games movie. [Source]
Suzanne Collins will be writing the screenplay. [Source]
Nina Jacobson is producing the movie with Color Force. [Source]
In an interview with BookPage.com, Suzanne said, "...we will be handling the subject matter very carefully and anticipate that the film will have a PG-13 rating."[Source]
Suzanne Collins initial draft is being revised by Billy Ray. [Source]
The movie is expected to be filmed early 2011 and released in 2012.
Producer Nina Jacobson was recently quoted as saying, "It's always going to be an intense subject matter, but you can tell the story with some restraint. The only people these books are not for are those under 12. The films are the same".[Source]
Possible Directors include: David Slade, Sam Mendes, Gary Ross, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders & Susanne White. [Source]
"This past spring we sold the movie rights to Lionsgate, with Nina Jacobson of Color Force as the producer and I'm very excited about it, about working with them. I think they are going to be an excellent fit for the material. I am engaged as the screenwriter for at least the first couple of drafts. I'm not going to be starting that for several months, I need to finish writing the third book. It's going to be you know, more Hunger Games, but a different challenge because it's going to be taking a book that's written in the first person, present tense and putting it on a screen. But what I think it is going to do, is give an opportunity to open the book up. Because you know this is a book very much about screens and when you're reading it you are with her in the arena, you are with her constantly but what i'd like to do is crack the world open so that we are with the audience, we are with family, we are with the capitol audience, we are with gamemakers, we are with Haymitch who was a mentor. This is a way to characters who exist largely in her mind and memory right now in the book, will now be more active, present characters when you see it. And the other thing I'm excited about, is that, you know, a lot of the book deals with our response to watching things on the screen. How it is affecting us, the amount of voyeurism, the kind of things that we are beginning to consider as entertainment. And if we can put this on the screen, hopefully you, as a member of a theatre audience, are going to feel even more like a member of The Hunger Games audience and that's something that is suggested in the book but I think until you are actually in your seat watching it, you won't have the total experience. So I'm very excited about that possibility."
When asked about if she would have any say on who plays Katniss, Peeta or Gale she said,
"I think... they asked me who I think but I...I won't have control of that. You don't. When you sell your book rights to a studio or what not, they have that. But in the preliminary talks, I think we all seemed on the same page about the elements that were very important to me and you know, after that, everyone just crosses their fingers and hopes for the best. We'll see how it goes."
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