12 tips future book to movie adaptations can learn from the Hunger Games!
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Lesson #1 – Go For a Property With Real Movie Potential
Just because a book is popular doesn’t always mean it’s movie material. “The Hunger Games” boasted a plethora of desirable traits for a good movie — action, romance, suspense, drama, twists, turns, you name it — and that came through on-screen. If the book’s not edge-of-your-seat or otherwise all-consuming, a movie based upon it will probably fall flat.
Lesson #2 – Involve the Author, Maybe
Director Gary Ross and author Suzanne Collins teamed up to put the trimmings on the working draft of “The Hunger Games” script. It’s a rarity, of course, that an author has a history of screenwriting (Collins had a heavy dose of TV scripting experience before writing books) but if and when that is the case, whip out the spire because it’s a must-tap resource.
Lesson #3 – Initial Casting Reactions Can Be Misleading
Collins told Entertainment Weekly Josh Hutcherson would’ve been the prime selection for Peeta even if he “had been bright purple and had six foot wings,” but some “Hunger Games” fans were skeptical about the choice at first. In fact, a lot of the biggest casting decisions for the film weren’t met with praise at the outset, but now that the film’s out, the attitude has shifted quite a bit. So, when casting a favorite book-based character, there may be some grumbling at first, no matter how right the choice. Stick to talent, and they’ll do all the convincing themselves.
Lesson #4 – If You Must Stray From the Source Material, Make It Count
It’s important to book (read: built-in) fans that a resulting movie stick pretty closely to the source material. If you’re going to make some changes, though, make ‘em count. Consider the Seneca berries scene or Cato’s altered final monologue. These weren’t terribly drastic story alterations, but they sure were effective at amping up the tension.
Lesson #5 – Choose Wisely When to Make the Movie
“The Hunger Games” is something of a lodestar on precision of timing. The final book, “Mockingjay,” came out in fall 2010, and once the dust settled on that jacket, the film started coming together and was delivered to theaters roughly a year and a half later. That gave people time to consume the entire series, once and again, and for the full scope of the story to come into view for the screenwriter(s). Move too quickly on things and you could wind up with an “I Am Number Four” situation.
Lesson #6 – Get a Director With Some Vision
Plain and simple, when it comes to choosing a director for a major book property translation, you need someone with talent and vision … not just a technician. Ross proved that pretty well with “The Hunger Games” because he was able to command an impressive cast eager to work with him and to add a wealth of signature touches.