The Crew & Production
Director: Gary Ross
Gary Ross was officially named director of the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie on December 17, 2010 in an Entertainment Weekly article. According to Deadline there was six other directors in the running for the coveted role including Sam Mendes, David Slade, Andrew Adamson, Rupert Sanders and Susanna White.
A couple weeks after Gary Ross was names director, he chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the Hunger Games, including Katniss and Rue’s relationship: “I can’t wait to do the relationship with Rue— both developing the relationship between Katniss and Rue and also the poignancy of Rue’s funeral. How Katniss decorates her body with flowers? I mean, it’s just so beautiful.”
MTV Interviews Gary Ross:
“The first thing that allows you to do that is Jennifer Lawrence, because she’s such an unbelievable actor. She has so much depth and power and talent and sophistication and sensitivity and subtly that she’s become Katniss Everdeen synonymously. I hope people feel about Jen and Katniss at the end of this three-book cycle the way they feel about Daniel Radcliffe and Harry Potter — that they’ve become very, synonymous with one another.”
“It’s an intensely physical movie. Jen’s in 110 percent of the movie, she works every day all day. It’s a very physically demanding thing that she’s doing.”
“There are times when you’re viscerally inside [Jennifer Lawrence’s] shoes, and that’s the main experience. And there are other times when you’re witnessing her the way they’re witnessing her in the Game—and she’s constantly being watched, which is one of the things that makes the book so compelling. But it’s mainly an intense first-person experience, inside Katniss’ shoes.”
A Portrait of Hunger Games Producer Nina Jacobson:
“When she first read it only about 150,000 copies of the book had been sold. ‘By the time I put it down I had become obsessed with the book and with the idea that I had to produce the movie,’ says Jacobson. So she made a plea to author Suzanne Collins to give her the rights to the books. No studios were competing to buy the rights, but Jacobson won out over several other producers. ‘She felt extraordinarily passionate about the material,’ says Collins. ‘She had the same fears that I did about the ways it could be misused.’”Forbes April 7, 2011
Executive Producers: Robin Bissell and Louise Rosner
Suzanne Collins is also listed as an Executive Producer on the Hunger Games IMDB page. This has not been confirmed by Lionsgate. Anyone with an IMDBPro account can go in and edit information, so for now, consider this a rumor unless it gets officially announced.
Casting Director: Debra Zane
Cinematography: Tom Stern
Budget: Approximately 80 Million
The Hunger Games Movie has been dubbed a monster by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer.
Working Title: Artemis
A working title is something a film production will use to keep things as discrete as possible while filming. Did you know Artemis was the Greek goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals?
Filming Location: Hildebran, Shelby, Asheville, Dupont State Forest, Concord and Charlotte. All locations are located in North Carolina.
Filming Dates: May 23rd-September 10th
The Script: The original Hunger Games script was drafted by Suzanne Collins, and re-written by Billy Ray & Gary Ross. The finalized Hunger Games script (the one actors will use) was written by Suzanne Collins and Gary Ross.
Suzanne Collins wrote a letter to the fans on the Official Hunger Games Movie Facebook about the finalized script:
Now that the filming of The Hunger Games has begun, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the script, so I thought I might share a little of my experience with you. Back in early 2010, Color Force and Lionsgate began the process of adapting the book to the screen and I wrote the first draft of the script. After that, we brought on veteran screenwriter Billy Ray to further develop the piece. Not only has he written and directed excellent films like Shattered Glass and Breach, he was a complete pleasure to work with. Amazingly talented, collaborative, and always respectful of the book. His adaptation further explored the world of Panem and its inhabitants. As though I wasn’t lucky enough, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross, known for his wonderful works such as Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, came on board. As part of his creative process, he wrote a subsequent draft which incorporated his incredible directorial vision of the film. And then he very generously invited me in to work with him on it. We had an immediate and exhilarating creative connection that brought the script to the first day of shooting. Of course, the piece will naturally continue to evolve through the filming, as the actors bring the characters to life, as the entire crew brings their significant talents to the piece, as the editors work with Gary to best realize his vision. The final draft will be on the screen next March.
So that’s been the script process, and as an author, I’m truly grateful for the journey.
May the odds be ever in your favor!
Suzanne Collins talks about how she helped write the Hunger Games script and why she will not be making a cameo in the movie:
“I wrote the treatment and original screenplay. Then screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play) did a pass (or rewrite). Then director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) did a pass, then Gary and I did a pass together.”USA Today May 4, 2011
EW has also received an early copy of the Hunger Games script. They tell us that the script:
“…includes a note by note retelling of the games. How can the studio show brutal kid-on-kid violence and still pull off a PG-13 rating? “It’s always going to be an intense subject matter, but you can tell the story with some restraint.” says producer Nina Jacobson who praises the books for appealing to both girls and boys. ‘The only people these books are not for are those under 12. The movie will be the same.” Entertainment Weekly October 14, 2010
The Future: Catching Fire will be released November 22, 2013 (USA). Lionsgate Executives say the Hunger Games series will be turned into a series of four action films. Read more.